8.13@7:34 HR 158 bpm
Tempo run/10k time trial. Westlake Village loops. My last tempo run was 5 miles long at an average pace of 6:59 which was around 15 seconds faster per mile than I thought I could do. Decided to do 6.2 and see if I could get around the same pace or at least anything steady and faster than 7:30 I'd count as success.
Ended up with splits: 7:12, 7:05, 7:08, 6:59, 6:55, 7:01, 0.23@6:44
For the first mile I started out just trying to get into 7:20's which I did then pace gradually crept up. Despite being a little faster, held onto the pace and improved a little more over the next two miles. The 4th mile felt good and I found myself under 7:00. Decided to relax and not push it any further, but pace stayed fairly steady.
When I woke up this morning, had thought about pushing this run to Wednesday but then decided to just do it today, glad I did.
I guess I felt more relaxed for the 5th mile, ended up a few more seconds faster but realized I still had a mile to go.
For the 6th mile, I went past my turn a little bit, did a 180, then had a small hill to go up and over, so at first looked like 6th mile might be in the 7:20's, but then slowly get back some pace. Rounded out the 10k feeling really good.
I used to have more of these accidentally fast runs in the past, so it was a feeling I hadn't had in a while. The second half of this time trial was about the pace I did for the 5k Turkey Trot.
Decided to sign up for Holiday Half in Madeira Beach, maybe I can improve on my 2019 time.