100. marathon training academy podcast
I've got a tempo run scheduled for today, and I'm sitting here watching the clock approach 8pm as I wait for my phone to charge up enough to handle two tracking apps and music or podcasts at the same time. I'm not dreading this run, I just keep putting it off because I have other things I want to do. Read, eat, walk Miley. Similar situation to the circuits yesterday. I didn't go this morning because I had a meeting at the time I usually run (note to self: don't schedule meetings when you should be running).
This will be my fourth run of this training cycle, and my second tempo. I've got a warmup mile, 5 miles at race pace (8:00) and a cool down mile. It's 3 til 8 now and still light out, so even though winter temps are still lingering, at least the daylight is with the program. Alrighty, here goes before I find something else to do instead of logging miles. Should get it done in under an hour.
I nailed this one! I was surprised because end of day runs are tougher for me mentally and usually physically as well. When my first notification went off about pacing, I had to pull back because I was so close to 8:00 and it was just the warmup. Every now and then I get those runs that just feel perfect, and this was one. The temps were great, my legs felt strong and my breathing was slow and steady. I managed to hang on to middle 7s for most of the tempo miles, though the last mile got a little bit tough.
I came home and read on the couch for a while before hopping in to a long, hot epsom salt bath. I turned on one of my favorite running podcasts, The Marathon Training Academy, and listened to the episode about 5 super star female marathoners who helped shape the sport. It's called Heroes of The Marathon[Part 2]. I like to listen to podcasts when I'm driving, on my long runs and around the house, although out of habit I'll usually pick music first.