Saturday I started with a ten minute mile pace warm-up for half a mile.Then got to work running at an average 8:43 pace. A pace I hardly ever hit unless it is during a race. I was pretty spent after but felt good.
Sunday when I got up my legs were tired but I thought hey this is happening
|Snow, snow, snow|
Mile 1- 10:31- easy peasy
Mile 2- 10:20- oh yeah I got this no problem
Mile 3- 10:10- I am gonna rock these 10 miles on a treadmill- I am the treadmill queen
Mile 4- 10:00- Comfortable at this pace, maybe too comfortable
Mile 5- 9:50- kickin it up a notch oh yeah
Mile 6- 9:40- huh this notch is kind of hard
Mile 7- 9:30- what the heck bring on the pain
Mile 8- 9:20- oh this is a lot of pain, can my legs even go this fast, how do people run 5 minute miles, my brain does not compute
Mile 9- 9:13- am I gonna throw up? I might throw up....nah false alarm.
Mile 10- wavering between 9:30 and 9:13 while trying not to black out.
So probably not something I should do every weekend but it was a good confidence builder. I like pushing the pace. Not really during, or immediately after but once I have some time and distance away from the workout and have fully recovered with a snack I can appreciate it more.
Now I need your help:
Question- there is a half marathon on March 24th the day of a long run. I think at least 20 miles. So the question becomes do I try and incorporate this in as a long run because I really like the idea of someone else supporting my long run and getting a medal and a shirt. That seems like a win. Coordinating the other seven miles can get a bit tricky but is doable. But there is a bit of stop and go involved with training this way. Warm up miles, stop wait for start, do the race, stop wait for medal and gather goodies, finish run.
So what do you think?
Half marathons as part of long runs or not?