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|Subject: ||RE: Tempo Run Definitions|
well, i guess the '1 hour race pace' number is organic. Ask yourself and give an honest answer, "how far could i get in a 1 hour race this saturday or last saturday, and try to run that pace... as long as your honest with yourself, you should be able to get 20-30 minutes at that pace".
That makes sense, but to me, it's important to go by feel rather than by a certain pace. In other words, I'm not going to look at my training, try to extrapolate a pace at which I could race for an hour, and then try to hold that pace during the tempo. I'll just go do the run and figure it out by feel.
It may seem like a silly distinction to make but for years I tried to figure out a pace to run beforehand, and made the mistake of doing my tempos too hard as the result of wishful thinking--how fast I thought I should do them, as opposed to what was realistic for my current fitness.
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