Location: Pasadena, CA
Temperature: Overcast, 61 degrees, 80% humidity
Type of Run: Tempo
Length: 6.9 miles
Type of route: gradual declines and inclines with one hill climb and one descent
Time: 42 minutes, 39 seconds
Pace per mile: 6:11
Average Heart Rate: 158
Reason for Run: Tempo runs are meant to be done at a comfortably hard pace. This is not quite race pace but a pace that pushes you. The idea is to get the body and legs used to running hard so you’ll be better prepared for a race. Tempo runs can build both speed and endurance.
How did I feel? Good. I felt the pace was what it was supposed to be which was comfortably hard. My watch didn’t record mile splits this run but I didn’t feel any significant slowdown at any point in the run. My goal was simply to just run hard. I put no pressure on myself to hit a certain per mile pace. I learned from Monday’s run to better prepare myself mentally. Also, the cooler weather helped despite the high humidity. Yes, I was drenched in sweat again following the run with the 80% humidity level but it wasn’t bothersome due to the marine layer providing cover from the sun. Running in cooler temperatures will make almost any run feel easier.
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