We have had a *slight* break in the weather with some cooler temperatures sneaking back into the forecast. And by cooler I mean it's now down to 90 during the day. I finally dragged my lazy self to a TNT practice last night and I'm so glad I went. Earlier this week two little birds (Kim and Marcia!!!!) reminded me that I declared a 1/2 marathon "A" race on the blog. And they reminded me that it's only 2 months away. Crap. I don't even know what kind of pace I'm working with right now so I used last night as my baseline. (Remember I'm chasing a race walk PR, not a running PR).) It was in deed 90 degrees but I pushed hard anyways.
I did just over 4 miles but you can see from the splits that my Garmin died at 3.37 miles. I think Garmin needs to invent a car charger for their watches. That sucker could have be charging while I sat in traffic for 40 minutes on the way to training. But back to the workout. Check out the negative splits! I'm fairly certain mile 4 ended up being faster than 14:16 so I was on fire. Literally, I was on fire. I was SOOOO hot. Give me 30 degrees and a light snow fall and I'm a happy marathoner. Other than the heat, the 4+ miles felt pretty good. My legs are definitely feeling the pace today but it all feels good to be back in action.
Back to that A race. I'm wanting to PR. I need under 3:14 which is somewhere around a 14:45 mile. Yowzas. That's faster than last night's workout for sure. And then there is Marcia and Kim in my ear telling me I can break 3 hours if I just stick with Marcia (she's agreed to be my "pacer."). Ummm....that's somewhere around a 13:35 mile. Crazy town. If mother nature will start cooperating, I will just have to see what I can do.
Until then though, I'm doing a 5K (that evil short distance) with a co-worker tomorrow. Her goal is to run the entire thing and I told her I'd do it with her. I haven't necessarily told her though that the last time I ran was during the triathlon and I'm not even sure that counts as running. Fun times!