It was a beautiful 52 degrees when I went out for my tempo run on my lunch break. I changed my routine up a little before the run and took a Gatorade Prime Pre-Game Fuel. It tasted great and my stomach didn't have a negative reaction to it, so I say it was a success. Not sure if I can contribute my speediness to that or if it was because my legs just felt great but I managed to squeak out 5 miles in 42:17. I'm thinking of making the Pre-Game Fuel a huge part of my running routine, especially when I have speed work, tempo runs, and long runs.
Here's the splits:
Mile 1 - 8:53 (warm-up)
Mile 2 - 7:50 (Beginning of the tempo run)
Mile 3 - 8:02
Mile 4 - 8:13 (End of tempo run)
Mile 5 - 9:18 (cool down)
Total miles - 5
Total time: 42:17
Average pace: 8:27
Calories Burned: 509
I'm finding that I like to stay comfortably around the 9 minute mark when warming up and cooling down. I seem to have no problem running that pace for a while and I was suppose to do the tempo miles around an 8:19 minute mile. I told myself before the run to try to stick to 8 minute miles and I was very pleased with my results. Yes I can tell that by the time I get to the end and know it, I tend to slow down, I have a feeling that if I pushed myself harder I could have had an 8:02 mile again but I'm not going to get upset about it.
Next week I have speedwork and since I'm going to be in Alabama, I'm going to have to find a way to make this work. This is going to be a time I'm going to be wishing for a track.
Have a great day.