Quick hitter update. Today's workout was supposed to be a tempo effort. In my world that's somewhere between half and full marathon pace. The kind of effort you can keep up for 2 hours or so.
The weather is blustery, windy, cloudy and cool. A perfect fall day. Reminds me of training for cross country in high school: New Jersey in Voorhees State Park and in VT on Bump Road. It's actually snowing in the mountains. Aside from the wind, I'd call that perfect for running. Good stuff.
I started out comfortably fast to warm up, but when I hit my lap button suddenly it felt like the race was on. I settled into an effort comfortably above my tempo effort - not much, but perceptibly. I was ticking through right around 7 minutes per mile and feeling good. The weather surely had something to do with that. There's no way I could run for 2 hours at 7/mile, but I could probably go slightly faster than that in a 10k. Perhaps I will if I run in the Longmont Turkey Trot again this year. We shall see. I'd like to break 42 minutes in a 10k before we head to Bolivia.
I did 2 laps of the trail around McIntosh Lake for a total of 6.9 miles. My 5 mile "tempo" section was done in 35 minutes and 10 seconds.
Anyway we're going up to the cabin this evening, I'll log a few miles on the Colorado trail tomorrow. Not sure how many, but I'm looking for 2.5 to 3 hours.
Thanks for reading.