Total Miles Trained For Elijah: 195
Today was "Terry's Choice" on my marathon training schedule for 4 miles. Coach Terry decided that I needed to do some running at "marathon pace," which is to be +/- 11:30 per mile. I was to do a warm-up, then 2 miles at pace, then a cooldown mile no slower than 12:30.
I was not thrilled when I got the assignment yesterday. I thought "How on earth could I maintain that pace for 26.2 miles?" But Coach straightened me out with words of wisdom and encouragement.
So off I went this morning. It rained buckets last night, again, so it was nice and misty out there at 6 AM when I hit the start button on my Garmin. I ran mile 1 (the warmup) in 12:00 flat. Not bad! It didn't kill me, so I figured I could do 11:30 for mile 2. Well, I did mile 2 in 10:19 to my SHOCK. I thought "Whoa - slow down for mile 3." Mile 3 came in at 9:58. Hmm - surprised! I cooled down at 11:47.
Now why can't I be speedy any other day??? It is all in the mindset, as we all know. I guess I need to fine-tune mine on longrun days!