I took him out for a 6 mile run last night. Last time we ran together was 2 weeks ago. At that time, we ran 7 miles at a 9:37 pace. That is slow for me, but I was fine with it because I was out with Chris and helping him improve his form. Anyway, last night we headed out for 6 miles. Unfortunately, a half mile in his left shin started to hurt. I suggested that we stop so he can stretch it. I really didn't think it was a good idea to run the 6 Mile route I had mapped for us, but after 2 miles, Chris said he felt good and wanted to continue on.
I was pacing him to run a 9 minute mile. Of course, he had no idea I was doing this. lol he did mention a couple times that he felt like we were running faster. I just blew it off. I did not want to admit to him that I was pushing him harder then he wanted. We ended up finishing 6.02 miles in 54:14 which made for a 9:02 pace. I was very proud of him! He was able to hang on and really push hard at the end. Next week I plan to take him out for another 6-7 mile run. This time his goal pace will be 8:55.
This was a nice and easy run for me. A good follow up to my 5 miles I ran on Tuesday. I hit the pavement pretty hard and ran my 5 mile route in 37:48, 7:33 pace. I am starting to see improvement in my speed. This is very encouraging! When I have a fast run, I start to think that I really can train myself to meet my marathon goal this fall. I am growing the confidence that I need!