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Thursday, April 7, 2016

Good Race-Pace Practice Treadmill Run - RunLog 4-7-16

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Umm yeah,

Work is getting in the way of running, but it is the way it is.

However, I was still going to run at lunch. Unfortunately, when I stepped out the door, I almost lost my hat to wind and the pound rain drenched me before I got to the truck. Yeah, treadmill time.

I really wasn't sure about what I was going to do until I finished that first quarter mile.

Surprisingly, I was feeling pretty good and decided to do some race pace work. That 6:40 to 7:00 range that I want to run on the 16th. Yes, believe it or not I actually signed up for a race this year :-)

I know I am not in real race shape yet, I want to get an idea of where I stand and the 16th will give me a nice baseline for the rest of the year and I went for a fast course, but a smaller race than I could have. I just ain't into big crowds.

So I cranked the speed up to 8.6 and took off.



That felt good, at least the first couple miles at that the sub 7:00 pace (8.6 mph), but when I bumped it up to 8.7 that small increase made all the difference and needless to say that last half mile was yech and that is the best I can say about it was that I finished.

Gotta loose that extra 10 pounds I am carrying around, it definitely is slowing me down. Not that being another season or two older has anything to do with the suck feeling when I am attempting to get up to faster speeds.

If I had kept it at 8.6 mph I probably could have done better, but it is also that mental game with me, when I get to the 1.75 to 2.6 point of a 5K - I typically loose my focus and don't want to deal with the hurt locker and that is where I loose my goal times. This is what I have to work on and doing these treadmill fast 5K's do seem to be helping me deal with it. I know that I have it physically, but now to get there mentally.

I also ran in my N1 Roads v2's and I just felt a lot more comfortable running faster in them than I do in the N1 Tri's, it is the way the upper feels and how my heel feels more locked down in the Roads. Both are great shoes and I can run faster (for me) in either pair, but for me and the way I run the N1 Roads just feels more secure.

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