This past Saturday I ran 8 miles. I have only run that far once this year, during the 15k. I've been consistent running 6-7 miles the past few Saturdays, so I knew I was ready for this.
Here's the splits:
Overall time: 1 hour and 25 minutes
I stopped at the car a little after 5.5 miles for a quick drink of water and to eat a few blue gummy sharks, which was the best source of quick energy we had in the house.
Around mile 4 or 5 I remembered how Shaun T tells me to move my arms faster when trying to get up speed in his crazy drills. I focused on swinging my arms more and found that my pace did pick up with minimal effort. Of course I went all out for the last mile and dropped my pace significantly.
This run left me with questions about long run pacing. According to my 2:09 half marathon time and the McMillan Running Calculator, my long runs should be 10:54 to 11:54. Some of my miles are around the 10:54 mark, but some are for sure faster.
How important is it for me to keep my long run pace slower? I had this same problem when training for the half marathon. My splits were almost always faster than the target. If I kept my long runs slower, would I have performed better for the half? I was thrilled with my time, but I WAS shooting for a 2hr half, but anything under 2:15 would have made me happy.
I hit 20 miles this week for my running. I hope to get a few more than that this week. My biggest obstacle is my love of my bed. Most of my runs are early due to family and work schedules and I struggle to sacrifice those minutes of sleep. I also struggle to be disciplined to get to bed on time too.
I just saw this today and had to share! Happy running. Happy therapy!