8 miles easy / 1:17 / 9:37 avg pace
Let’s recap the weekend! Friday night was my friend Wendy’s wedding. She looked beautiful and her dress was amazing (it was so Wendy!). The ceremony took place outside on this beautiful covered terrace. It was perfect.
Here is Wendy getting ready to walk down the aisle…
The food was awesome: mini cheeseburgers and a mashed potato bar?! I can’t think of a better way to refuel after 20 miles.
Group shot: Sheryl, Wendy, and me. Not sure why we are all squatting down (especially me).
Saturday was my first weekend home in awhile and I was prepared to tackle some of my to-do list. Matt has been asking me for some time to go through all my pictures (pre-digital age…about 3 1/2 boxes worth) and trash/consolidate. We live in a small house so the less boxes lying around, the better. This took all day. And I’m not even finished. I separated everything into piles based on time but I still need to organize more before placing them in storage boxes. I got rid of 3 garbage bags worth of pictures. Who needs that many pictures of your senior prom? I also got to relive how much fun I had in college 🙂
On Sunday I had a 8 mile tempo run planned with 5 miles at 8:00 pace. I’ve been doing my tempo runs on a shaded trail so my Garmin is always a little off; it often tells me I am running faster than I am. It’s difficult for me to accurately track my pace so I just aim to run in the “comfortably hard” tempo zone.
I got back to my car and took a peek at my times. Holy crap! That was comfortably hard?! I finally found my groove and hit my pace on laps 5 and 6. I obviously need to reign myself in more and control my pace but I do love to see progress!
Pink Runner says
Cute wedding dress and glad you could eat mashed potatoes after your 20 miler. You are getting so tough, I could never imagine going to a wedding after running 20 miles in the morning!
Whoa speedy! Those are some fast miles, however they happen 🙂
I love that bride’s dress!
Looks like another fun wedding. Is that it for the weddings this summer?
I don’t think you need to reign yourself in. I think if it “felt” like tempo should – comfortably hard – that’s where you should be, instead of trying for an arbitrary number that the pace calculators tell you that you should be. Nice work!
Nope, still have 1 more in 3 weeks!
You’re absolutely right…but I have trouble pushing it without my conscience telling me slow down, you’re running too fast, you might get injured. My conservative approach is both a blessing (with regards to injury) and a curse (holding myself back all the time). No wonder it took me 7 marathons to break 4:00!!!!
Yeah, I agree with the above person. Most of the time for any tempo or interval run, I just run by feel and look at my watch after. If I’m doing a mile repeat, I may check my watch every 400 m but I don’t go off of that, I go off how I feel. Its probably the only “zen” runner thing I do.
I can’t believe you can train for marathons back to back to back! You rock!
awesome run, congrats and yay wedding, enough said!