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New marathon PR at Akron 2013, and help others while building Team Predawn Runner along the way.
Greg Strosaker ran: Decided to change fro...
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- 8 miles
- 00:51 time
- 06:22 pace
- 1010 calories
Decided to change from the 3x1600 on the plan today - two reasons, first, was worried the 5K effort would tweak the Achilles, and second, I knew I'd be comparing myself to last year, and it was a he** of a workout last year (if I do say so myself). So, decided to do something more race-specific that I read this morning as a good 2nd-week-of-taper workout, and do 8 miles straight-up at marathon pace.
To better simulate the end of race challenge, I started on a downhill (mimicing going out too fast - 5:57 first mile, 6:25 second mile on slight incline), then hit a huge hill and tried to hold decent pace in the third mile (6:43). Got a bit nervous as I started to taste the lactate after this one and was still pushing a bit of uphill. But then once I hit mile 4, things got easier, and ended up doing the last 4 around half marathon pace without pushing, negative splitting the run by around 15 seconds. And I felt like I had plenty left in the tank.
Just needed this one mentally, to establish confidence that MP feels easy, and that the Achilles is no issue at that pace. I didn't feel a thing from it the whole run - in fact, feeling better than I've felt all season. I don't care much what I do the rest of the next 9 days now, feeling like I can just relax and just to enough to stay sharp. And I had a lot of fun out there today - I know that running easy can be enjoyable, but this is the type of stuff you can really enjoy, testing yourself just a bit but not risking anything stupid.