5 mile tempo run at 7:39 – 7:57 pace, 2 mile warm up, 1 mile cool down. 59 degree Fahrenheit, ideal for running.
My body shuddered when I stepped outside for my morning run as cool breezes swept fall leaves to the curb. The lounge warm up I normally do took some of the edge off the chill, but the 2 mile warm up was what I needed as my feet hit the pavement.
The temperature was actually ideal for running. Just right to keep the body cool and sweat minimum when the body started to move at a good pace. “Comfortably hard,” I reminded myself as I sped up for today’s tempo run.
Of course a cooperative weather is every runner’s dream. When it happens, the run is more pleasant, including the tempo runs. That is the case with my workout today. I am also glad the different pieces of the marathon training are coming together on my last marathon specific week.
Because of the run by feel approach I am using this season, I am driving myself. I know what is the right pace and if I am ready. This is a far cry from before when I engaged external methods (e.g. stop watch or arbitrary paces) which often lead to injuries or feeling of guilt.
Live and learn.