PM: 22 miles, averaged 7:16. HR 155.
16-Mile Light Tempo/Moderate Tempo
The plan was slightly longer than last week and to stick with the prescribed effort. It was quite windy out of the west at 18MPH+ and icy in places, so everything went well overall. Warmed up 3 miles and hit my winter tempo loop, which is mostly concrete for some marathon leg prep. Wanted to stay aroun 7' pace or a touch faster and not press. I was getting tired toward the end but that was partially because it was getting late and I hadn't eaten anything.
Started around 7:08 and just ran most of the first half around 7 flat. Ran some in the 6:40s and 6:50s and those felt not exactly easy but like I could run that pace for a very long time. Longer than a marathon for sure. Even though the wind was zapping me I just kept the effort and didn't fight it. I am glad I wasn't doing a full-fledged tempo. The wind would have hurt a lot more. Averaged about 6:55 for the 16 miles. HR started to creep into marathon effort a bit, but I never felt like I was quite at marathon effort. Cooled down 3 miles.
Nice to get this one in early. We are headed to Toledo to see Megan's parents and watch a basketball game. I wanted to make sure I got this in in case running is light tomorrow.