Tempo runs are hard. There's no doubt about it and I don't like them. I've decided to add more tempo runs to my schedule in an effort to get faster and train for the Boston Marathon. Last week was my first tempo run and while I didn't hit my paces, at least it went better than today. I'm wearing new shoes which make my legs more fatigued. My foot strike is in the center (which I guess is good) but I'm not rolling forward giving me a stomping feeling.
A tempo run is 10K pace effort for 20-25 minutes. That equates to 2-3miles. To see progress I'm going to keep track of my middle mile splits and have evidence that lightening speed is filling my legs with each run. I'll have to work on the lightening speed.
Today's pace was much slower and to put it into perspective, I should be running 7:26 but was striving for 7:40's. I was WAY off. Both runs were in the morning and with the same shoes. Today's run was 2 days after a long run where last week I didn't have a long run. Next week I'll try my old shoes and see if that goes better. Maybe I can talk John into running in the morning with me and chasing him will keep my pace up.
Do you run tempo runs? Do you like them?