30 weeks of Marathon training.

just a spot to write about the next 30 weeks….of running.

Tempo tempo tempo run.

There are tons of ways to do Tempo Runs.

This is what I think is the usual definition. 

This is the official definition from Running Times- a periodical that is much admired and I think a little more “serious” than Runner’s World.    I BELIEVE this is probably the CORRECT way to do it…

Here is what a Hal Higdon Style Tempo definition.

Since I am using most of Hal’s plan (well, 1.5 of his plan all smooshed together.) I thought I should do a Hal style Tempo.

I ALWAYS use the TM for tempos, simply because I am not a really great pace keeper.

So my plan was to run 5 mins, then speed up and speed up every 5 mins until about 20 mins and then slow down.

I started out and ran the first 10 mins at an incline.  At the end of 10, I was feeling tired, and was able to put the incline down and increase the speed.  Wow, having the incline down, was a relief.  At the 20 min mark, I considered slowing back down, but I felt so good I decided to speed it up a notch and then the same at 25 min…and then for the last 2…So I ended up rather surprised.  Firstly, I have not been running too well, probably due to the heat.  So I enjoyed being able to be on the TM and run the entire run without feeling like death. Secondly, there were a lot of people staring at me in the gym. I sweat a lot.  Guess they are not used to that!  I had to mop down the treadmill entirely…I’m nice like that!

So Yaaay Monday!  My “tempo” run which was not exactly a tempo….went really well.   Lets see how the rest of the week goes.

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