Ended the first week of the 19 weeks leading up to the Rocket City Marathon. I'm going to make another attempt at a sub 3 hour marathon before I turn 50. Decided to go ahead and start the program. Three quality workouts this week. First two went really well, the third, it'll do. To early in the cycle to worry about not completing the workout as planned.
Today's workout was supposed to be a progression run. Plan was to run 30 minutes at 8:30 or so, the next 30 minutes at 8:00 pace and the final 30 minutes at 7:30 pace. Seemed easy enough on paper. First 30 minutes were a little quick. The next 30 minutes, were tough to keep at 8:00, mostly the pace was a little quicker, up to around 7:30 or so towards the end of the hour.
This is about when my Garmin just cut off. Not once, but 3 times. Damn thing. It's been giving me signs that its about to die. Completely dead on 2 runs this week. Hell of time, trying to get it to connect to the cradle to charge.
Final 30 minutes were tough. 7:30 felt comfortable at first, but was real work in the final 20 minutes. One big positive of the workout was blocking out the blister on my toe that started after about 30 minutes into the run. That plus, I did continue past 2 bailout points to shorten the run and bail on the last 30 minutes of work. Did decide not to add a couple of miles of cool down at the end. I was pretty much toast when I finished the 11 miles. Didn't take any water, so that may have helped a little in the final 30 minutes, especially because of the heat and humidity.