Epiphany


I couldn't run at lunch so I ran tonight instead. This allowed me a longer run, so I went out with the intention of running 8 miles at marathon pace to try and fit with The Program.

Marathon pace for Amsterdam has been preliminarily set at 8.45m/m which has been scientifically calculated by taking my previous PB of 4h12 and hacking a bit off.
So I set off along the river with a bit of a warm up then tried to dial in the pace. This proved quite tricky and I just seemed too slow. In fact the 2nd mile was 9:09 which wasn't really there. This was a bit concerning so I decided to accelerate. I was a bit too quick but I thought maybe I could catch up some time. It was a lovely evening, mostly sunny and I was enjoying keeping up with the party boats on the thames. By half way and turn around at the thames barrier I was feeling good so I just kept up the pace. In fact it was then I realised that I felt not just good, but I didn't really feel flattened by the pace. Sure, I was working hard, but good hard. It felt, dare I say it, sustainable. I suddenly realised that perhaps I wasn't destined to plod forever. That maybe if I kept up the training I might actually become fast. Well, at least faster. There followed 8:08, 8:14 and then I accidentally got caught up with a dozen or so Serpies doing sprint repeats along the river. Well I decided to keep up and there followed a 7:42 mile. I only kept up that pace just long enough for my Garmin to log the mile, then I had to ease up as that pace was definitely not sustainable! But I pushed through and caught my breath, though my HR never really recovered as I expect I must have been clearing buffered lactic acid for the rest of the run.

But boy it felt good. I've seen the light.

Splits:

1


9:10
2


9:09
3


8:16
4


8:08
5


8:14
6


7:42
7


8:26
8


8:27
9


8:21



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