Starting to think about the time not the distance...

Posted on: 22 Sep 2009

As planned, I brought forward my 8-mile run to today and after three 4-milers, I was looking forward to a longer run, only my second of this length. Once again the weather was kind with the sun smiling on me all the way but with just enough breeze to keep me cool. It felt like I was running on a leash for the first 4-5 miles. I was desperate to up the pace and had to keep reminding myself that this was a long slow training run, not a race. In the end, I couldn't help but quicken up the pace just a little for the last 3 miles, completing the run in 1:18:50, about half a minute quicker than my previous effort.

Although I was running at a comfortable pace today, my legs were definitely feeling it towards the end, especially around the feet and ankles. 10 miles is definitely doable but the last two miles will be tough if today is anything to go by. I've been starting to think about what sort of time I might aim for in the GSR. The McMillan Running Calculator reckons I can do it in 1:26:39 if I plug in my PB for 10K - that's 10 miles at 8:40 pace! That seems tough. I think 1:30 is more realistic and if I can get under that, I'll be more than happy!

Enjoy your running!

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