Haven’t had this in forever.
12 mile long run with progression over the last 4 miles
1:11:45 5:59 pace
I was both nervous and excited coming into today’s run. I haven’t done a run over 10 miles in quite a while. I spent most of the day wondering where this run was going to take place. I could start from home and run an out and back but I decided against it. Drove out to Claremont and decided to try my luck on a run that I tried with some of the Pomona Pitzer guys.
I knew this run was going to be fast as soon as I started. I started at 6:20 pace and it felt like I was just going for a warm up. As I made my 3.5 mile march up Padua. My pace began to suffer a bit but I knew I was giving about the same effort. As much as I wanted to crush the uphill and cease my suffering I knew that I had to control myself. The last four miles would be my time to let loose.
As I finally took the turn at Mt. Baldy my pace began to drop quickly. I was flying downhill without putting much of an effort. I was knocking on the door of sub 6 pace but I held myself back for a mile knowing that as soon as I hit a sub 6 there would be no turning back. I wouldn’t let myself go back.
Sure enough the next mile came and it was on. Still holding back a bit I went through in sub 6 for the next two miles. I decided to make a slight push for home with 5 to go. We were now sub 5:50. It was time to start the workout. I traveled on a slight incline for the next half mile trying to keep myself under 5:40. 5:36.
3 to go. I decided to make it interesting and push a bit more. I have two rest days anyway. I arrived on the Pomona Pitzer track with 1.5 miles to go and knocked a final 1.5 at 5:14 pace.
I felt controlled finally. My legs felt light and I didn’t find myself struggling. I will make my return at Oxy. Time to make up for that crap of a 5k that I ran at the PP Invite.
Nice little 8 miler tonight.
50:28 6:18 pace
I finally felt like I was flying. I controlled myself tonight. I’ll put it down tomorrow. This is going to be a great week of training.