I had a great run today and am totally on a runner's high right now. I need to remember this moment, because THIS is what keeps me going through all the tough runs, the soreness, the anxiety... this is what it's all about!!
10.0 miles/1:22:29/8:15 average pace
I had decided just to take this run easy and not try and hit "goal pace" (which at this point is still not exactly set). The main path in Forest Park is a little uphill for the first couple miles and gains a little more elevation slowly over the next few miles, so I figured if anything I could run the second half fast. I started off pretty easy with my first mile at 9:39 on that first incline. The second mile came in at 8:41 and I was feeling really good! I figured I will just run a strong pace and see how it goes. Here's the rest of my splits:
mile 3: 8:33
mile 4: 8:41
mile 5: 8:08
(time at turn around: 43:44/8:45 ave)
mile 6: 7:55
mile 7: 8:02
mile 8: 7:42
mile 9: 7:51
mile 10: 7:12
(second half time: 38:45/7:45 ave)
I was surprised at every mile- I really never felt like I was working that hard! The last mile I was definitely running fast, and it was all downhill, but I was surprised how fast.
So this ended up being a pretty decent "goal pace" type run... 8:15 pace would be just about 3:36 marathon time, which would be a pr! Not 100% sure what my main goal is going to be for the marathon, maybe 3:35 or so. But who knows- Zach likes to think we can run 3:30. Ha!
My legs are feeling a lot better these days, I think the icing has helped. Thanks for all the words of encouragement, I know I'll be reading through them again and again as the race gets closer. :)
Here's some pics from this morning- a big smile after the run and my awesome muddy legs.