Today my Runner's World Smart Coach called for a 6 mile speed work out. 1 mile warm-up, 4 X 1600 @ 10:02, then 1 mile cool down. I have such a hard time gauging the speed that I run. I think that I am doing great - I'll look down at my Garmin at I'm running a 12:00 minute mile or the opposite - I feel like I am plugging along - I'll look and I going 9:15.
So, I have been doing all my Speed and Tempo runs on the treadmill at the gym early in the morning. This has been my Thursday routine for the past year. I faithfully did all the workouts before the Rock N Roll Mardi Gras Marathon - I was sure that I would break 5:00. Then got stomach cramps and made 2 porta potty stops during the last 6 miles.
So, now for Grandma's Marathon - I have done nearly every Speed and Tempo Run. This morning felt realy good. I can't select 10:02 - so I ran all the miles at 10:00. My heart rate did get up into the high 160's periodically - but I burned 600 calories!!
This afternoon, will be a little swimming. If I can get to the pool before the kids are out of school, I might be able to practice swimming in different lanes like the Triathlon will be (in 8 days).