So just like Fartlek Monday for the next 23 weeks, Wednesdays will be Tempo Wednesday.
This is the first time I've put a very specific plan in place for a race. Sure, I have half-heartedly prepared for races in the past, but I have never seriously approached it. Just figured I give it a try and see what happens.
Anyway, my tempo workouts will consist of a warm-up period, walk slow/normal pace followed by going "race pace" and finishing with a slow walk cool down. For instance, this being the first of many today, I did a 10-10-10 (10 minutes slow, 10 minutes race pace, 10 minutes slow). I will build the "race pace" part up to 40 minutes for a 10-40-10. But for now, the 10-10-10 will be fine.
And just like the fartleks, I'll let you know in about 23 weeks, after the Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon, if this actually works.
Tonight's tempo was fine until the pouring rain started : ) about 8 minutes in. So I got soaked, but it actually felt pretty good.