I feel like I'm going over the hump but I have to keep on reminding myself that I'm not over it yet and there are still some good weeks of training ahead before the marathon at the end of the month. So, I had another challenging tempo run, similar to one that I did just a few weeks ago and one mile less than the last tempo run. So, I had some confidence that I could do this again. I lucked out on the weather as it was a much better morning to do a tempo run than it would have been yesterday morning.
I warmed up on my bike around the neighborhood loop. While I'm doing this I usually turn on my garmin to let it warm up and catch the signal. But today, it did not want to turn on. I had charged up the batteries last not but I think it has finally given up. Oh well, better now than in the marathon. So, I borrowed my wife's garmin for today's run.
I ran from my home to 54, towards Starkey Blvd about 1.6 miles for a warm up. My legs felt a bit heavy, especially my calves. Tried not to worry about it too much since this is what warm ups are for. Got to my starting point, then got going. Ran a little bit more on 54 before turning onto Starkey Blvd. First mile came in a little bit faster than planned but didn't feel too bad. About a mile and a half or so in, something smelled bad but I didn't see any roadkill. Fortunately the smell passed in about a quarter of a mile. I kept on my pace finally making it to the turn around point, that's always a big boost once the first half is knocked off. I think my return trip was slightly faster. Last mile felt hard again like last time. But it felt good and ended up being just about the same speed as the first mile.
Splits were: 6:41, 6:48, 6:49, 6:46, 6:45, 6:45, 6:42
Average pace for entire run incl. warm up : 7:24
Ran much slower for the trip back home. Got into the pool for a bit then made sure to stretch out before getting ready for work..