I realized midway through my run that a while back I registered for a 10k that happens to be this Saturday... do I feel unprepared? Yeah, you could say that. I haven't done a bit of speed and my mileage is pitiful. But it'll be a way to force me into a tempo workout, right?? I'm gonna go at it with a positive attitude and come away with a measure of where my fitness level is at, which I can use for comparison in the future.
But today I figured I could use a quicker paced run. So 1.32 miles in (about a minute after I realized the 10k was on Saturday) I started a tempo for the remainder of my run. I wasn't going for a specific pace, just a pace that felt comfortably fast and could keep up for 6 miles. Kind of a bad time to try, seeing as it was bitter cold, windy, and a complete blizzard by the end. Ended up with 7:06 average for the last 2.68 miles of my run and a 7:36 average overall. 50% pace, yeah! I think I'll try for 7:10 pace or under on Saturday based on today.