Lunch/PM: 20.5 miles, averaged 7:19. HR 158.
11-Mile Tempo @ Marathon Effort + 6 x 45" Strides
Warmed up 4 miles. I felt solid on the warmup. First mile in 8:xx, which usually signals my legs are going to be ready to roll. All links in mechanical chain feel very good currently. The schedule called for 70' @ marathon effort, but I figured I would just round off the miles if I was doing okay.
Somewhat slow to start, but the effort was right. Got tired toward the end, but I think that was because my legs haven't done any sustained longer effort since before Christmas. I didn't feel completely gassed at the end of the tempo, but I was tired. I still managed my fastest split without burying myself. Effort was high marathon effort, but not out of the zone.
Splits: 6:41, 6:41, 6:33, 6:33, 6:33, 6:33, 6:30, 6:32, 6:28, 6:29, 6:14 (6:31 Avg)
Jogged about 5' and did my strides with equal distance back to starting point. They weren't fast, but smooth and controlled. Cooled down 3.4.
This is a good place to be 15 weeks out from a marathon. I expect to repeat this workout for a handful of weeks to get the pace down before moving into other workouts that should help me get more comfortable with ~6:00 pace.
Night: AIS and PT