My watch predicts my finishing time per mile anyway, so it was time to self-pace. At the race I'll either have to self-pace, or stay with a group, which isn't really my style.
Almost immediately I started with the doubting self-talk. "8 miles is good enough." "An hour is good." "Go to the intersection and that's ok...."
Then I actually started running. The first few miles were a challenge to get the pace within a pretty exact window - I wanted no more than 5 seconds off pace either way. The first couple miles were speed up! Maintain. Slow down! Slower! Slow. Maintain. Speed up! After about 3 miles the pace was easier to maintain with less speed changes.
Then it started to feel good, and who wanted to stop before all 10 were done??? I didn't want the weight or bulk of carrying water, so I stopped once - at the library at 7.83 and it was a great run, one of my top ten ever.
At 5 miles my time should have been 52:30, the actual was 52:23. The second half was a little more under pace because I figured it was ok if I sped up a tiny bit the last mile.
|Here were the splits :)|
|Friday splits :)|