Today's tempo didn't exactly go as planned. I was supposed to run 12 miles with 4 tempo. The tempo paces gradually get faster in my plan and the goal pace was 6:53 today.
One thing I relearned today is that tempo is hard to do uphill. I wanted to be very warmed up and put the tempo portion at the end of my 12 miles. It is a challenge to find the right stretch here that will measure a "perfect" distance without either going over hills or pre-mapping with a program (a Garmin would fix this).
I was just plain lazy by not doing my homework and pre-mapping. So I went for the hills and the easy to find mile markers. After my 7 mile warm up, I headed toward home and started the tempo. And up Smartt's hill. Smartt's hill is only about 1/2 mile of 4% grade, but it kicks my butt and drops most anyone's pace in nothing flat. I remembered rule # 112 from Noakes Lore of Running, The effort required to run a certain pace uphill cannot be made up for in an equivalent downhill...or something like that. It's in a nice graph.
In a nutshell, I missed my target of 27:32 by about 40 seconds. The uphill was a good effort and I am satisfied that I put in my best. Next tempo will be flat and pre-mapped- unless I decide to see if I can do today's stretch faster.