I’m back on track for a half marathon PB, and today I did a decent 15k. It took me about 1 hour 12 minutes, and while I still cannot run negative splits for the life of me, I seem to fall into the groove at about 4:40 – 4:50 / minute, which would give me a finish time of about 1:42. I can breathe very calmly and comfortably at this pace. There’s a half marathon race on new year’s eve, and my goal would be 1:45.
One interesting thing about today’s run is that I tried to increase the speed at km11 (4:35/km), but I actually lost speed after that. I don’t think I should speed up until the last km in a race.
I think the main reason I’m getting faster is that I’ve lost some weight, and that just makes my “autopilot” pace faster, the pace that I fall into if I don’t think about how fast I’m running at all.
Very good run today.