When I hit 6 miles, I had to do a double take. Here I am on a LD training run, not running all out and I was at 51:24. I knew at that point I was about to PR on my best 10K RACE TIME!!. I kept the pace up and maybe picked it up just slightly and hit 6.2 miles in 53:04!!!. My old RACE PR was 53:47. So I had taken off 43 seconds on a training run. I am so psyched now. I am going to run a 10K on Memorial Day here and my goal is not only to PR again, but to try really hard to go under 50 minutes. I think this goal is realistic given the fact that the race course has a similar profile to todays run. All I have to do is take about 30 seconds off each mile.
So I continued on with my run and my last 2.5 miles at only a slightly slower pace. In the end, I had run 8.77 miles in 1:16:30 for an 8:43/mile average.
Last night I was in the pool for threshold intervals. It is weird how I can get in the pool and feel like I have had a bad swim and I get home and check my logs and find out my splits for the intervals were either the same or better then last weeks. My main set was 5*200 threshold (around --> little slower the race pace) with 45 seconds recovery. I went out a little fast in my first set, but after that I settled into a steadier pace with each one just a little slower. My splits were 2:59,62, 3:06.97, 3:08.82, 3:13.79, 3:13.38 . These were actually right in line (and actually just a little faster) with my last 2 threshold workouts.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Cant wait to hear race reports from those racing this weekend.