Berlin Marathon Week #2 Day 3 Tempo Run Fun

Location: Pasadena, CA

Temperature: Mostly sunny, 62 degrees

Type of Run: Tempo

Length: 6.31 miles

Type of route: Long gradual incline, shorter gradual decline,  one longer and one shorter hill climb with a downhill descent.

Time: 39 minutes, 16 seconds

Pace Per Mile: 6:13

Reason for Run: Weekly tempo runs can improve the body’s ability to sustain hard efforts for long periods of time. A tempo run is basically a high-intensity run. The pace is generally described as comfortably hard. You’ll feel the increased effort during the run but shouldn’t be exhausted at the end like you possibly would following a race.

How did I feel? Decent. This route is not easy for a tempo run due to the roughly 3-mile length of the gradual incline. (Remember, hills increase leg strength.) It’s a tougher route than last week’s tempo run which partially explains why my pace was slower. My legs were also a little worn from the long run on Monday and 7-mile run yesterday but that was not problematic. It was also a little humid due to southern California standards (roughly 60%). That was probably because I ran shortly after the marine layer burned off.

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