I could not decide how to run my 22-miler, which is the first bad sign. Why would I not run it the way it says to run it my plan? I'm supposed to run at base pace for about 18 miles, then do 4 segments of 10 minutes each where you run progressively faster, ending at race pace (9:10).
I have a hard time with Progression runs. I never get the initial pace right, so I'm too fatigued to run faster at the end. Or, I take it too easy and finish the workout feeling like I cheated.
So, that got me thinking I should run a thirds progression run- which would mimic how I'm planning to race.
What actually ended up happening is that I overestimated my capabilities. I planned to run 10:09 pace for 18 miles, then to run faster. But at 18 I had nothing left. I finished the 22 miles at 10:09 pace (1 minute below race pace). It was hard. I wanted to stop. You know the drill...fa-tigue.
Now I don't know how to evaluate it- is 22 miles run at 1 minute below race pace even a good workout? Did I totally fail by changing things around? This is not good for confidence, people.
Your comments are needed, welcomed and appreciated. You guys never let me down.