We all know I have never been a smart racer, that is for sure. Just looking at ANY one of my races I go out way too strong, like a freshman in high school. Then late on in the race I become Road Kill. I guess the main reason, like the freshman, is a combination experience and competitive spirit. I remember receiving and email from a friend, congratulating me on my 50 miler. “I laughed when I saw mile 13, a 6:30 pace? What were you thinking? “ And yes it was followed by a BONK. I am totally driven by emotion and in my mind I am faster than I actually am. Even though I set outrageous goals, I am having fun and am ‘ok’ when I don’t make them. I keep telling myself that one day, I will actually be able to maintain that pace. We will see? I would like to say I am working on it and I am, but my heart is much stronger than my brain.
I ran a five mile tempo run on Saturday – Forty Furlongs Five Mile. Looking at my past races, I figured it would be safe to pace it at a 6:45 per mile; a pace I knew I could hold for 5 miles. I did go out a bit fast as usual, but not like past races. I started with a nice 6:10 average for the fist half mile and then settled down to a solid 6:30. I had my Garmin set for average pace and it was a stable 6:35 average for the first three miles. Then I started fluctuating a bit and my average went up to 6:37 – fatigue was definitely setting in. Looking at my last mile, it was my fastest and that was my goal. *Ignore my heart rate, it is time to get a new strap. I am going to buy a Polar strap, it works with the Garmin device and supposedly much better. Check out my notes.
My ultimate goal it to be able to hold a 5:30 pace for a 5K. I figure if I 40 year old can hold a 5:30 pace for the Denver Marathon, I can hold it for a 5K. This is a secondary goal that will hopefully compliment my ultra goals.