Completed my second harder effort (150 HR) run of the week today, covering 10 miles in 01:13:44 (07:22 pace) with the middle 8 miles at 07:16 pace. My HR monitor decided to go on a roller coaster ride following the warmup mile registering a HR of 181 for the next 3 miles before dropping to 168 until mile 6. The effort however felt about right which was borne out my 07:16 pace (same pace for an identical run I complete Thursday of last week) . While I felt tired towards the end I think I am reasonably refreshed heading into tomorrow's long run.
The average pace for the 10 miles is a few seconds faster than my most optimistic target marathon pace of 07:26 (3:15 Marathon) - I'm no fool however, while I might tough it out for another 10 miles, I'm well aware of the impact the last 6.22 miles of a marathon can have on a otherwise healthy body.
I started running shortly after my 40th birthday to train for the "once in a lifetime marathon" (mid-life crisis and all that) and haven't been able to stop since. This blog charts my progress as I attempt to go farther and faster than I have ever gone before.