You’ve all had it. That feeling where you really get to just flying, no fighting with the miles?
Well, I’ve heard of it, anyway.
I ran Wednesday night, that weird little 2 miles in the middle of my week that I haven’t really assigned a purpose. It’s a little bit “pad my weekly numbers”, a little bit “keep my legs loose” and a little bit “run a shorter distance, so that when those other runs get long, I can still pound this little one out easy”.
I ran 2 miles in 18:46. 9:23 pace. I don’t know what came over me. I set the watch to tell me if I dropped below 11:00 (thinking that an 10:xx pace would be a good speed) and then just ignored the watch. It never beeped!
So how do I pick my pace for this half marathon? I have a wealth of heartrate data; how do I tell if my long, slow, distance runs are too slow? I’m not really targeting a number (my wallet card this time around says “13.1mi”, not a time. ) but I want to really do this right, and not get to the finish line wondering.
I ran my 8 mile run last week in 1:30:49, an 11:20 pace. I ran my 7 mile run last week in 1:18:13, an 11:10 pace. If I stick these in a random internet pace equivalent calculator it’s giving me numbers in the 11:30’s. Is that a good pace to keep in mind, or should I stick with a 12:00?
Again, before anyone worries, I’m not going to train for speed; I just want to avoid the trap of running too slow.