Since last week’s tempo run I’ve been looking forward to trying to push the pace again. I’ve looked back on my records and last week’s 6.44pace for 10miles was my best for the last few years.
I also worked out that in 2009 I ran 2 tempo runs under 7min per mile pace and last year only 1. Already this year I have run 4 tempo runs at that pace. So using my tempo runs as an indicator then I’m at my fittest since I really started training for ultras four years ago.
So I set off today keen to push the pace right from the start. In my four weekly cycle I only do 2 tempo runs so I wouldn’t have the chance again for three weeks. Also with an eye on the Inverness half marathon I knew it would be good preparation.
I ran from Bellahouston Leisure Centre and had a rough idea of a 10mile circuit in my head. I knew that the second half was going to be a lot more up hill than the first so I decided to just have one goal today …. to see if I could run faster than last week.
I set off quite fast for the first mile before sesttling into a more even pace for the next 5 or so. The last four were harder work and I was pleased I was able to keep them all under 7min miles though I did have to work pretty hard.
So here are the splits ….