Today I had one of those runs !!!
It was in the low 60’s, a slight breeze at my back, I did my stretches like a good boy before I ran, carbo- loaded last night and at lunch with a slab of Coconut – Vanilla cake, with whipped cream frosting (yes my step-daughter made it again – darn-it).
Due to the new schedule around the house, I don’t run my long run until almost 2:00 P.M. So it was a lot later than usual. My splits were:
- Shepard Road – 7:35
- Middle Road – 12:30 (4:54)
- Pam’s Play Care – 25:13 (12:42)
- Augusta Town Line 38:10 (12:57)
- Civic Center Drive – 48:51 (10:40)
- Leighton Road – 56:13 (7:22)
- Bond Brook Road – 01:05:59 (9:45)
- Mt. Vernon Drive – 01:15::45 (9:45)
- College Carryout – 01:20:24 (4:39)
- Rail Trail .25 – 01:30:28 (10:03)
- Rail Trail 1.25 – 01:38:22 (7:53)
- Rail Trail back to .25 – 01:45:58 (7:36)
I was very surprised at my first mile and during the run I was running faster than usual, but comfortably. At no time during the run was I breathing real hard or feel like I was pushing, until the last 1/4 mile. I felt like I had another gear or two the whole time I was running and could have gone faster if I wanted too.
With all the difficulty that I have had with my hamstrings/periformis (butt cheeks) and right hip, I didn’t want to push it too much. There is still some discomfort in those areas and I am up to about 80-85%, but it definitely improving.
This run was more like a really good 13.1 mile tempo run, than a long slow distance, that really helped my confidence level! If I can run this well or better for a half-marathon race, I would be very happy.
What shoes did I wear – the Newton Gravity’s and I didn’t have any problems at all related to shoes during the run. Needless to say I am very impressed with them again.
Today was fun!
It was at survival shuffle speed, but I did it without stopping. I had never made it all the way up this hill and this was after 13.1 miles, so that was another good part of the run.