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Feeling good after a tempo and a steady state run.

Hi friends, welcome back! It’s been a couple of days since my last entry so I have two runs to talk about today.  I did a 5 miler on Tuesday with a 3 mile tempo run in the middle and an 8 mile steady state run today. Let’s get it it them. On Tuesday I had a prescribed 5 mile run for my training so I set out for the first mile at an 8:20ish pace which is a pretty comfortable pace for me for a “shorter” distance. At this point in my training anything under 10 is a shorter distance. The weather was perfect and I was feeling really good so I decided to push the pace and kicked the next 3 miles down to 7:40, 7:20, 7:20. Low to mid 7 minute pace is tough for me and is on the borderline of anaerobic, which is good. This type of running is often referred to as threshold running. When you are running near your aerobic threshold it can help you increase your VO2 max, and increasing your VO2 max helps you get faster.  Finally I finished the last mile back around an 8:20 pace and cooled down by wa
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