What a surprise! It was nearing 50 today and I couldn't bear the thought of running on the treadmill *again* so I took my tempo run outside. Goal pace was 8:30-8:35 per mile. I swear, this seems too fast for me and sure enough, I hit my first mile and it was 8:20. I am loving this speed - something I had not thought I could ever be capable of but when I actually decided to do the work? Well, you already know. Finished the run in just over 42 minutes, averaging 8:27 per mile - just 15 seconds over my goal race pace in just 3+ weeks. I am both anxious and nervous about sea level. I don't want to get ahead of myself and blow up early on just because I have 'big lungs' coming down from altitude. I sent the race course elevation profile to my Coach and he outlined my race strategy and I am going to follow it as best I can.
Afterwards, I was 'feeling the burn' so I decided to change into some cycling shorts and spin my legs out for an hour, breaking up some pretty heavy lactic acid. High revolutions, low resistance. I should have worn my heart rate monitor on my run to see where I was at but since I am getting re-tested next week, I didn't think there was much point. I am really hoping to see that my threshhold is higher and that is the reason I am able to run these faster times for longer intervals. That happens on Wednesday and I am really excited!!