107. tempos and entertainment
On Thursdays (although I'm writing this on a Friday.....still figuring out the logistics of this particular blog), I plan to share something that is entertaining me in the current week, as well as the details of my tempo run. Marathon training takes up a lot of time but I find that it also creates additional spaces of free time because I have to be more deliberate with my choices. I get to listen to more podcasts because of time spent during long runs. I'll spend more time reading books for pleasure at home instead of being out late. I'll watch a movie at home on Saturday night because of the early morning beat-the-heat summer runs.
Book Recommendation: Free Food for Millionaires
A friend loaned me this book a few weeks ago and Miley and I took a pleasant pace through it. It's not edge of your seat adventure or anything but I thought it was a really lovely story about a Korean family growing up in the New York City area. The author focuses on the different perspectives through the generations, and the characters are relatable and loveable. There wasn't really any urgency to finish but I enjoyed the tempo and pace of the story. Plus, I'm a sucker for long books!
So, the second type of run I'll do (not counting the fast-friend miles) is a tempo run. These are designed to help me build endurance at the faster paces. I'll go a little bit slower than my fastest track days, which is still a little bit faster than I need my average pace to be. And in exchange for a little slow down, I have to maintain pace for a little bit longer (usually 1-2 miles at a time).
I don't love tempos. Of the three types of runs, they're the ones I'm most likely to skip. But, I'm trying to pump myself up about them. Yesterday was our hottest day of the year, and the windiest I have ever run in! I actually really enjoyed this run, after it was finished. Our group set out from the studio and ran down to the east side of the river and south for two miles total. Then we turned around to try to run faster back.
The wind was at our backs so that certainly helped. Chap was running too and he'd been teasing me about who could finish 2 miles faster all day so when he wanted me to wait for him for the last two miles home, I was grumpy and fiesty. He fell in step behind me and drafted off my efforts (ask any runner, it's much easier mentally to fall into step behind someone, than it is to try to stay ahead of them, even if paces are the exact same). I was annoyed. But I ran that mile in 7:04 so ..... the fourth mile was up the hills back into town and expectedly slower.
I was technically supposed to do two more easy miles to finish it off but it was just so dang windy (25 mph) that we called it quits (I got over being grumpy) and went home to eat grilled steak and salad!