An awesome Tempo run and a haircut

Good morning.  I’m a little late with my post here due to the fact that I was cooking breakfast.

you're kidding right

No, really, I was.  And it was very good too, if I do say so myself, and I do.

Remember a week or two ago when I said I needed a new hairstyle?  Well thanks to my friend Nicole, I have one.

I love  it!  She even used the Tyme iron and styled it for me but as awesome as she is at cutting hair she’s an even better makeup artist.  I’m gonna have her do my makeup next.

I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to style it myself because I’m not really good at that sort of thing on my own hair but I think I nailed it.

Tyme style

What do you think?  Did I nail it?

So, the new hairstyle was my big news for the weekend.  I also went to a few garage sales and worked on a project that I’m going to share with you later in the week.  The biggest news however was running.

I had a 10 mile mid-tempo run on my calendar for Saturday.  I’m not going to lie, I was worried.  I knew I could plow through 10 miles but I didn’t think I could hold a pace in the mid 9’s.

Saturday long run

I did it!  I was most proud of the fact that I kept a steady pace throughout the entire run because that’s what makes a tempo run so hard.

In a tempo run you have to run at a comfortably hard pace, or about 30 seconds slower than your race pace for the entire run.  Since my half marathon race pace is around 9 minutes a mile, I was shooting for a 10 mile run at a 9:30 pace and I finished with an average pace of 9:32.

Tempo runs help increase your lactate threshold but I love them because they help give me the confidence that I can hold a certain pace for a prolonged period of time and that confidence always comes in handy when race day comes!

After such an awesome run on Saturday, I took it easy on Sunday and ran 6 miles at a comfortable pace around the neighborhood.  I love feeling like I’m improving but what I’m really looking forward to is racing again….more on that soon.

Do you incorporate tempo runs into your training?

Do you have any races coming up?

When is the last time you changed your hairstyle?

4 thoughts on “An awesome Tempo run and a haircut

  1. Hi, Luckily it is in South Africa and it is mid winter here. The Comrades is in the province of Kwazulu Natal and the winters are not that cold, but it is not summer temps. On Saterday I ran 50 km (app 31-32 miles). I do back to back long runs, I normaly do 40 km Friday and 45 km Saturday. 6 weeks before Comrades that will be 28 April I plan 55-60 km and the Friday 27 April a 35 km. Last year I did 153 km per week for 3-4 weeks. This year I’m very lazy and planning only 140 km for this week.
    I must say you don’t run hard, most miles are easy running.

    • I wondered if you did back to back long runs to get ready. I love doing that, (maybe I’m an ultra runner at heart?) 😉 It sounds like an amazing race and you must come back and tell me about it after, I’m sure you’re going to do very well 🙂 And if lazy is 140KM for the week, I’m a sloth, lol!

    • That’s awesome! I’m curious what the weather will be like during that race seeing as it’s in June, it’s crazy hot here in June and I couldn’t run a marathon then much less 56 miles. What’s the longest training run you do to prepare for that race? So many questions, lol!

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