done with the last hard workout in my chicago marathon training cycle: 9m – with 3 x 1,600m (1 mile) at punahou track.  ran each of the 3 intervals at: 5:08, 5:20, and 5:16 (average of 5:16/mile pace).  legs felt tired on that last one, but the new adios shoes i just started wearing yesterday (9/26) felt really good and gave me an extra little push which was warmly appreciated.  last week i did 6 of these intervals at around a 5:35/mile pace.  i clearly went out too fast/hard on the first interval, guess i was a little too pumped and anxious.  lungs were burning by the end of that first set, but it felt good to hurt a little.  while running hard i spent some time visualizing how i will feel during the marathon and felt in that sense this workout was super important.  i forget how important your mind is (and how it can be trained as well) in marathon racing.

now the name of the game is rest, rest, and a little more rest.  mileage is dropping dramatically and i need to stay confident about my training and the fitness i’ve achieved.

 

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