- longest MWMLR to-date
- longest run before work ever
- needed to start running at 4AM
- first time incorporating tempo miles in a longer run
As it turns out, I had nothing to worry about! What a great run!
Surprisingly, I felt pretty well-rested when the alarm went off at 3:30 (again). Hubs offered to join me for 10K, even though he didn't have to be up that early. It was nice to have company, especially in the pitch black "morning", and we were off and running just after 4.
We took the 10K on the easy side and I made a pit stop at the car to ditch the long sleeve (it was a gloriously cold morning!), swap my handheld for a smaller one and grab my iPod as hubs made his way home. It was time to get down to business!
Target pace for 8K tempo(ish): 5:10/KM
Average tempo pace: 5:05/KM (8:11/mi)
I could not believe how good I felt and how easily the kilometres were ticking by. For the majority, it truly felt like a run-all-day pace. What a great feeling when everything just clicks. (Dear Running Gods: If this could happen on race day, I would greatly appreciate it. kthanksbye.)
I still had a few miles to go after the tempo portion, so I slowed it down a few notches to wrap things up. What a feel-good, confidence-boosting run!
23.0KM (14.3mi) - 2:07:40 - 5:33/KM (8:56/mi)