This week I had a 1 mile time trial on my schedule - the aim of this is to gauge progress/race/speedwork times while not exhausting yourself with a full on race. I really didn't feel up to it, but jogged along to the Domain anyway, to run the Sri Chinmoy Peace Mile.
After a few stretches I took off around the course, aiming to stay under 4:45 pace for the whole way so I would beat my previous time. I glanced at my watch and it was around 4:20, and I didn't think I could keep that up, but then I got to a nice bit of road and wow - I felt like superwoman!
Over halfway now... just keep moving...concentrate on breathing...
And then it hit me. The wind. The real reason I felt like superwoman in the second quarter was because the wind had been at my back, and as I circled the course it was now at my front - and it was strong! I tried not to let it slow me down, but it wasn't long until I was struggling along at a snail's pace.
I felt like I recovered a bit towards the end, but that must have been all in my head because my pace doesn't look like it picked up at all!
So - a disappointing finish, but I guess the wind assisted me in the beginning and it all balances out. I still managed to run my fastest mile!
That's an improvement of 9 seconds from my time trial back in April. Not a huge gain, but I have been injured in that time and I think I could have run faster without that wind! I also managed to run my fastest kilometre at 4:31.
The first thing I did when I got home was check out the McMillan Calculator for my updated training paces and target race times:
The half marathon prediction is tantalisingly close to sub 2. I don't know how realistic that goal is - the thought of running at 5:47 pace for 21.1km seems far fetched to me, even with a couple more months of training!
Do you ever use the McMillan Calculator? Are the race prediction times accurate for you?