The goal today was to do a short warm-up run, and then 5 miles at marathon pace. If I want to do the Corning Wineglass Marathon in 3:25, I need to be hitting 7:49 per mile x 26.2 miles. Here were my splits this morning:
2:47 (8:58 pace) 0.31 miles
5:46 (8:20 pace) 0.69 miles
My average pace for the entire run was 7:53.
I had to walk after the third mile, and it took everything I had to complete the fourth. I felt like I was going to puke afterwards. The lose gravel along much of miles 1 and 2 didn't help my speed, and the wind in my face on that last mile definitely didn't help either. So I got my 5 miles in, but only 4 were at pace, and I had a walk break in between miles 3 and 4.
Good thing its early in the training!