I’ve only been following a real training plan from a coach for 2 or 3 weeks, and I can already tell you that I feel a world of difference. My legs are more tired, but my heart is more in it. Each run has more of a purpose, and I am learning to understand more what each of the workouts and runs is meant to do. After last week’s tempo run, I looked ahead to this week’s plan and found that my speed workout for the week was 3 miles at goal race pace the day after the Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Pete Half Marathon. Wow. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but I instantly got it! These three miles were meant to simulate running at goal pace on tired legs. And my legs definitely were tired.
I had planned to meetup with Beka before a Brooks Running event at FITniche Hyde Park, and I intended on doing a one mile warmup, three miles at goal pace, and then a mile cool down. After discussing with Mary last week, we decided that I’d train for goal pace to be 8:30/mile. When we got out to Bayshore, the wind was blowing hard and it was hot. But, like I’ve mentioned countless times, I’m trying to be better about running in less than ideal conditions. We turned right into the wind, and after getting in a mile warmup, we started the race pace miles. Beka ended up doing a different workout, so we didn’t run together most of the time, but we did do the warmup and cool down together.
And the views kept me plenty entertained: