There was a Kenyan in the park. He helped pace a friend of mine. He was so in tune with pace, he knew the feel of a 2 second per mile acceleration. This impresses the hell out of me.
I’m going to be focussing on getting the feel of my 5K pace, these 6 weeks. Nice piece on developing a sense of pace at Running Competitor, in case you missed it.
Today I did 6×400 @ 3K pace, per my plan, roughly fashioned after an old Matt Fitzgerald plan. I think I’ll be developing a real appreciation for that Kenyan. Haven’t quite found this pace yet, but even one session makes a difference. Though the times are only a second or two apart the pacing was all over the place, inefficient. During the 2 minute recoveries tried to keep focussed on form. One thing I didn’t do was focus on relaxing. Next time. Here’s how it went:
47.05 5.41 miles 8:42 min/mile (Soon Daily Mile will be handling some of these statistical duties)
.25 6:23 min/mile 1:35.76
.25 6:19 min/mile 1:34.79
.25 6:27 min/mile 1:36.67
.25 6:17 min/mile 1:34.26
.25 6:13 min/mile 1:33.18
.25 6:14 min/mile 1:33.54