10 miles at 6:30/no faster than 6:00
2 mile warmup
2.3 mile cool down for 14.3 miles total (6:12 average)
What a confidence booster this was! Without the luxury of Laurie's company as she is prepping for Chicago this weekend, I hit snooze on my alarm and opted for a pm run. I knew that I could at least have Garrett's company on the bike if I went in the evening, so it worked out quite well for me. We headed out the door around 5PM and the weather was a perfect temperature, but with about 15 mph winds. I was more worried about the potential traffic around the Dilworth Speed Loop than the wind.
On my warmup, I twisted my ankle really bad on a pine cone hidden under a leaf, but fortunately it turned out to be something that I could literally just walk (and then jog) out. After checking out the speed loop, I saw that a portion of the road was under construction, so I made a quick u-turn to head away from the loop and towards the greenway. I completed the first 2 miles with a downhill advantage and then ran back and forth on portions on the greenway that are on the road. I felt okay through the first intervals, but really began to feel good towards the middle. I was focusing on my form and making it feel as easy as possible during the 6:30 segments. Towards the last three miles, I really had to fight hard to keep up a solid pace for the fast portions, which really just reminded how mentally zoned in I truly have to be in order to run a great marathon. The whole time, Garrett really just rode next to me, silently providing me enough motivation to not quit after eight miles.
This was truly my first marathon workout in this training cycle, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Historically, I struggle on longer workouts when I don't have a running buddy with me, so I exhibited a mental tenacity that I don't normally possess. I hope to keep putting in workouts like this over the next six weeks before I begin the official taper period.
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