Since deciding to self-coach for a while, I have been trying to determine weak spots in my training. One that sticks out is my lack of confidence in my ability to maintain a faster pace over a long distance, i.e. the half marathon.
I have decided to build in some longer tempo runs at a faster pace into my training schedule. I want to know what it’s going to feel like to push myself over more than a few miles.
On Wednesday, I headed out for a dinner time run of 5 miles. I wanted to keep the pace at just under 8 minute miles. I finished the 5 in 7:54 with my last mile the fastest. I was so happy after the run because a) I didn’t feel like I was going to die (as mentioned before, I haven’t been so speedy as of late!) and b) I felt like I could go for longer.
If I can build on these runs and work on increasing the mileage, I think I will be in a good place for running a half marathon at my goal time. It was just such a good feeling to know that I can push my body and it will indeed respond—another confidence boosting run!
Next weekend will be my first trail race—eek! Who is racing this weekend?
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