I am in no way considering myself "fast," but I am enjoying picking up my pace in shorter runs. I have found that my body has become too accustomed to cruising at 10 min. miles and if I want to improve on my marathon time, I need to re-focus on my pace. Over the past couple weeks I have been trying to bring my minutes per mile down between 7 and 9 minuter per mile for extended milage. It usually starts with a 9-10 min mile as a warm up, then once I feel "loose," I'll open my stride and speed up. So far it has been a success.
Below are my recent average paces:
7.7 miles at 9:13 pace
6.0 miles at 8:30 pace
4.7 miles at 9:09 pace
This weekend I have a 10 mile run, so we'll see if I can keep the speed up for that long. I am also looking forward to making my way back to the track for additional speed work. Hope everyone has a fantatsic three-day weekend.