18:05 and 18:10

Yesterday's workout:
35 min easy
18 min tempo
40 min easy
18 min temp0
1 mile CD
= total of 16 miles

I know my tempo pace has quickened, but I was surprised to come through the first tempo session in 18:05 for 5k (I wanted to go longer than the 18 minutes just to see what I did 5k in). 18:05, really? Perhaps I went too hard, I thought to myself. I'll pay for that in another 5 miles.

The second tempo was just as quick and easy, though -- 5k in 18:10! That's awesome! Before TCM during a similar workout I averaged 18:50s for 5k tempos. Another fun stat to note: 1 week before TCM last year I did a 5k and finished in 18:07. My training log noted that I couldn't move any faster.

Nice improvement, I'll take it!

Nichole Porath

Nichole is a blogger, elite level runner, and coach. She ran professionally for Brooks for two years after qualifying for the 2012 US Olympic Marathon Trials. During that time she founded TNC endurance, where she coaches and motivationally speaks to organizations large and small. This blog details her rise to national-level racing, and continues to follow her as she gets back into racing after starting a family. Read on, friends!

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