Today I ran a tempo run. It was four miles with the middle two at an 8:15 pace. The problem was the pace in the middle was very inconsistent. I ran the first tempo mile at 8:30 which was my goal time. The second mile was 8:00 and I slowed down or it would have been faster.
I am new to running tempo runs. I definitely have some work to do on recognizing my pace. The good news was I was able to run that fast in the middle and still run my last mile. Again, this is me focusing on the positive.
I am thinking that progressive runs are going to be my favorite and maybe what I do more frequently than tempo runs. I like to start slow and finish fast. In almost any run I "come home" way faster than I left. I have the stamina and some speed. Now, I just have to figure out how to best use it to my advantage during races.
This Saturday will be my first test on the path to my half in November. I am running a 5K and I want to set a PR for 5K's. Stay tuned!