Thursday, May 20, 2010

One last tempo

Summer is just around the corner, and I'm excited! I've been anticipating this moment since the passing of the Indian Summer.

There is something about running when its warm and sunny out that just makes it so much more enjoyable. Yesterday I let the summer fever get the best of me. Wednesdays are typically my speed training day of the week, and yesterday was no different with a 5 mile tempo at a 6:59 pace. I started out with a 15 minute warm up, and then was off. Speed work is always somewhat difficult for me, and requires a fairly serious warm-up. With the sun shining brightly and providing a comforting warmth, my muscles seemed to loosen up fairly quickly.

I felt strong and was keeping pace through the workout. It can be difficult for me to keep my mind focused during the last few minutes of a tempo run. In the last five minutes I could feel the burning in my legs, but kept telling myself to press on. In the last maybe two minutes or so, I found myself pressing so hard that I thought that I was going to lose my breakfast.

Nonetheless I made it through yesterday feeling strong and powerful. With only nine days until the Soldier Field 10 Mile, I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for the challenge ahead.

Happy almost summer!

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