Instead of spending $$$ to run a 10 miler (which filled up), I decided to stick by home yesterday and get out for a 10 Mile Time Trial. I knew it would be a slower pace than "race", but I would be able to gauge the effort vs. race.
Problem is... it has been so long since I have run around the neighborhood, I didn't do my 10 mile route.
When I hit what I thought was the 5 mile turnaround, I realized what I did. 29:45 for 5 miles..... Damn I am fast. Ooops... I forgot to add that one leg.
I quickly decided to just make it an hour out and back.
Good news. Maintained 7 min miles on the button the whole way. And... It wasn't that hard. Great news.
I was probably at 85% RPE (Rate of Perceived Exertion) Maybe even 80%. I am guessing I was about 20-30 seconds off my LT pace.
There is no doubt in my mind I could have nailed my 10 mile race time from last year, so I am very stoked.
AND.... My calves were still sore (from the jump roping and Lapham workout).
The reason I was really stoked was even with my mind wandering, my motivation at below average, and lack of concentration, my body wanted to maintain 7 min pace.
So I have the power and speed I was hoping for at this point in the season. The million dollar question now is.... "Do I have the endurance?"
I think I do, but I won't truly know until April 9th. I am feeling cautiously optimistic.
Brewed a Bavarian Heffeweizen today. A bit lower gravity than I was planning, but it fits in the guidelines. Should be perfect in a keg by Zumbro. Those of you coming down to watch, crew, pace, or help out can have some.