Monday, December 27, 2010

Silent Sunday and Yet Another Tempo Run

Yesterday I met Gerald at South Mountain to run up to Dobbins point. The 5.5 mile run is not for the meek being its uphill.  This is the first time I've run this in months and I felt surprisingly well.  We started at 5:30am and although it was still dark and very windy, it was pretty warm.  The road winds up the mountain frequently giving views of the lights over the sleepy city.  (Photo by Carlos Gomez found on Flickr)
We made it up in 51 minutes and back down in 41 minutes just as the sun was coming up.  On the way down the last 2 miles are flat or with mild downhill but after running a steep downhill, the flat took a lot of effort.  I decided that I'm going to start running this hill on Thursdays accomplishing two, gives me a good hill workout and two, gives me a longer run mid-week.

Before leaving for Disneyland today I went out for yet another tempo run.  My tempo run last week was a lesson in how not to pace and this time I vowed to run the 3rd mile faster, which I did. Overall my pace was 7:41, which is right where I want to be.

Happy Running!


joyRuN said...

Nice job on nailing the tempo!

I still can't decide which I hate more - speedwork or tempo. Both are pure evil to me.

Giorgio said...

Great tempo run, Christina, considering that the track wasn't easy!