I don’t know the last time I completed a tempo run. Maybe back in February while training for the L.A. Marathon? Well, whenever it was, that streak is still intact, because while a tempo run was on the schedule yesterday, I didn’t complete it! Yikes!
The plan was a 45 minute tempo. Everything started great – first ten minutes was a nice smooth warm-up. When my Garmin beeped at me, I stepped up the pace a little and had no problem dropping into 10K pace. I shortened my stride as I ascended the two or three small uphill grades. I hit the turnaround at 12:30 into the tempo and ran into it. The wind. The damn on shores. Blowing with all their might. No wonder I was able to switch into and hold 10K pace so easily. Mother Nature was pushing me along! There was going to be no such luck on the way back.
Sure enough. My pace slowed. My lungs started hurting. At 12:00 I had to do it. Stop. Walk. Gather my wits and slow down my heart rate. Two more times in the next 10 minutes I had to slow down. The wind was blowing directly into my face. It was a tough tough 12 and a half minutes minutes.
Final stats on the run – 45 minute tempo run, 4.6 miles total, middle 25 minutes at 9:39 pace (blech). I’m still waiting for that first tempo run since February….
On the diet front:
- Daily calorie budget: 1762
- Calories consumed: 2614
- Exercise burn: 733
- Net calories: +119
Funny what some ice cream will do. Real funny.