Log for September 20 – Training for Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 9th. Goal for the fall and winter marathon season is to break 3:15 for the first time.
- 10-Mile Tempo Run – I really hate running at night, but my training schedule has been disorganized this week due to early morning work commitments. Since I didn’t get to run this morning, I hit the streets of Bellevue tonight after getting Sara to bed for a 10-mile tempo run. At 7:30pm the temps were a little higher than last night (mid 70s), and the humidity was still crazy.
My goal tonight was to at least average goal marathon pace (7:26), but I felt really, really good from the very beginning. I finished the first mile in 7:23 and never looked back. My route consisted of many of the same streets that I ran on for the 22-miler on Sunday, and I felt very strong throughout the run. As I ticked off the miles, my pace continued to get faster and faster with 5 of the 10 miles under 7:10 pace. At the end of the run I was completely soaked, but still felt really good. My overall average was just under 7:11 per mile.
I’m extremely pleased with the run, because my pace was 15 seconds faster than marathon pace, and (1) I’m only 2 days removed from a 22-mile training run, and (2) It was very humid tonight. This run is a BIG confidence boost heading into Chicago.
I also used tonight’s run to tryout the hat (Nike), shirt (Pearl Izumi), shorts (Pearl Izumi), and shoes (Saucony Kinvara 2) I’m planning to wear in Chicago. Everything worked great, including my new Kinvara 2s which feel awesome. This is my second run in them, and I’ve decided to stick with the factory sock-liner instead of using my replacement insoles. If the temps are cool/cold in Chicago (as I hope they are), I will most likely add arm warmers, gloves, and a beanie hat to the ensemble.