So, I've had time to think about my Half Marathon last Sunday (1:29:19) and tried to analyze how I could improve. This is what I came up with:
1. add a long run during the week. I have too many 6-8 milers that may not be doing me any good.
2. Try not to worry so much about the race. I think the stress factor affected my performance.
3. Don't taper so long.
So today I went out to get my new weekday long run. I decided on 15 miles. I planned on about a 7:15 pace so I didn't jack myself up for my other long run, uh tomorrow. Long story short I ran "easy" just clicking off the miles. I actually thought of some of my new Ultra friends and how they lay this stuff out easily so clearly, I can too. Uh, yeah LOL! I look down at mile 13.1 and see 1:31 on my Garmin. I was FUMING. I mean great for today's run but WTF?? How can my easy run and my race pace be so close? So now I'm rethinking everything.
Just as I was going to wind up my run on the last 2 miles there is some commotion on the trail. Apparently a loose baby pitbull attacking some women walkers. They had sticks and said they had to fend it off and most importantly they said, DON'T GO THAT WAY! Um, I'm thinking, that my way back to the car. Sooo, I had to reroute and ended up with 17 miles. Getting lost once around mile 16. But all and all I good run. But I feel like I have no idea how to train...or maybe this was just a fluke. But to do 6:30 pace at the end...why couldn't I do that Sunday!?!
So now I have 30 miles for this week so far (tues-fri) All are sub 7 pace...train wreck??? I have no idea!!
6:57 avg pace Last 2 miles 6:30 pace
667 feet elevation
Garmin link is here
Thanks for listening to my rant.