Even though today’s run on par with my normal 5 mile pace it was still the hardest run of the year. I usually take two rest days after my Saturday long runs so my legs were still tired. Add to the tired legs and warmer weather and I tried to keep up with much faster co-worker. All of this combined created a rough run…especially the last mile. For the 4 out of the the 5 miles I stayed within the overall recommend range of 9:45 – 10:15 in McMillian’s Running Calculator.
1 mi- 9:45. Feeling strong and impressed that we nailed the lower end of the range.
2 mi- 9:47. Still feeling strong as I weave my way through the crowd of people watching planes land at Ragan International
3 mi- 9:51. Starting to feel the effects of the warmer weather while running over the Potomac River…still well within my range.
4 mi- 9:47. Had to really force myself to stay below 10:15 while weaving my way back through another crowd. Not looking forward to the last mile.
5 mi- 10:38. About 20 seconds over the higher end of the range. Not a fun mile.
I’m going to chalk up last mile struggles to having tired legs since I normally have 2 days of rest after long runs. Its going to be a long summer if all runs are this hard.
Thanks to Morgan and Adam for recommending the running calculator!