Saturday, September 29, 2007

Last of the Pace Work

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

6 comments:

Mark said...

I am sensing a hint of uneasiness in this post as to the certainty of hitting your goal pace. Would love to hear your mental strategy and how you train the mind for TCM in the next few weeks.

Your training seems to really have been on track this build and TCM could be a darn good breakthrough for you. Congrats on surviving all the hard work.

crowther said...

My personal experience is that race pace never ever ever feels as easy as it should, except (sometimes) on race day.

In any case, good luck at Twin Cities. Watch out for the big hill at mile 20 or so, and enjoy the downhill finish!

running faster with arthur lydiard said...

I AM ALWAYS AMAZED HOW MUCH FASTER I CAN RUN IN A RACE,THAN IN TRAINING.
KEEP POSITIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT ALL THE MILES AND MILES OF TRAINING YOU HAVE DONE.BELIEVE IN THE MASTER.
WHEN YOU HAVE TAPERED YOU WILL BE FLYING.

Grellan said...

Sounds like pre-race jitters. Marathon Pace never feels as easy as you would like it to feel coming up to the event. But race day always tells a different story and when push comes to shove you'll deal with the pace for all 26.2 miles.

Your training has certainly been very strong and you have had Mystery Coach steering you all the way. I shouldn't even wish you luck next Sunday - because it is your solid training and not luck that will get you over the finish line at the desired time.

Well a bit of luck wouldn't go astray I suppose(the weather, in paeticular comes to mind) Best of luck next Sunday Mike.

runmad said...

I agree with the others who say it's a case of pre-race jitters; you've done the work, so come race day, you'll be fine.

Am I the only one or does Mike obsess too much with heart rates?

Tell Nobby runmad says hi.

Dusty said...

You are doing really well Mike, don't worry - race pace is supposed to be challenging and wearing - hence it being your best... don't psych yourself out. You are so well trained and ready for this. If you start worring about stuff while you run... that will raise your HR too.

You are going to do great.