Ran my last extended marathon pace workout today, and like last week's similar workout, it probably could have gone a little better. This time I was set for 7 miles at 5:54 pace, or faster if the body felt like it was manageable, and again I strapped on the heart rate monitor.
I'm really starting to hate that thing.
5:53 (161HR), 5:53 (162), 5:52 (164), 5:53 (164), 5:53 (165), 5:51 (164-169), 5:51 (162-169). Those heart rate numbers are approximate averages for each mile, and during the last two faster miles there was enough disparity between the uphill and downhill portions of the 1 mile loop that I noted the extremes instead.
While the run wasn't a huge stress-fest, I would have liked it to have felt easier. The thought of holding the same pace for more than three times the distance gave me pause, but I will be resting up during the last week. Does marathon pace ever really feel easy during the last two weeks before the big day?
Yesterday was an easy 8, and I made sure to keep the pace sedate. Tomorrow will be an uneventful 90 minutes or so, and things will be winding down from there. Enjoy your weekend and thanks for reading.
Training: Today, 9.5 miles, 58:46, 6:13 pace, w/7 mile MP effort in 5:53, 5:53, 5:52, 5:53, 5:53, 5:51, 5:51
Yesterday, 8.2 miles, 59:33, 7:16 pace