Tempo Run on Radar Road. Scheduled for 6 miles at a 7:35 pace.
First, it was delayed because of a pretty intense thunderstorm that rolled in as I was getting ready to go. I waited 90 minutes until the worst of it had passed. By then, the thunder was just rolling in the distance, although the rain was steady throughout, and the wind just got stronger.
The first three miles were bang on at 7:33, 7:34 and 7:30. Because of the wind at my back, I had to constantly slow myself down. The ride home, not so great. I fought through mile 4, and was actually running on pace for the first 3/4 mile. Then, a huge gust of wind hit me, and it just didn't let up. I finished at 7:44 for that mile. By then, the wind was directly in my face and blowing a steady 24mph, with gusts of 32mph. It just sapped me, and I blew off miles 5 and 6 at 8:56 and 8:40. Every time a rig drove by, a HUGE wall of water hit me. I was pretty much toast at the end.
So, not a great first Tempo Run of this training cycle. Good thing there are 14 left to go. The good news is, the first 3 miles felt effortless. Hopefully, there will be no wind next week and I can get a better idea of how this Tempo pace will work for me in my October Marathon.