Instead of getting up early and doing my run before the family gets up, I didn't run until about 3:00pm. My wife had made plans to go to Englishtown Auction, to sell some of our old kid's clothes. She was up and outta here at about the same time I usually do my Sunday morning runs. She did really well selling and had a great day with her father. I had the day with the boys, putzing around the house, raking leaves, playing soccer, and enjoying the nice weather we had today. All in all, we both had a really nice Sunday.
OK, back to my run. Since it was 3:00pm, when I was leaving, I decided to run an out and back down Edinburgh Rd., I didn't want to be running in Mercer County Park at dark. With a 14miler on the schedule, I knew I would be finishing in the dark.
I have had a bit of a head cold & sore throat lately, so I wasn't sure how I would feel running. The 1st half of the run, I had a nice wind pushing me along. I would estimate it at between 5-10mph, sustained. It didn't feel like much, when it was at my back, but it sure did for miles 8-14!
Here is where I say the usual, I wanted to start out slow, blah blah blah... You've all heard it before here.
What felt like a nice leisurely pace, for the 1st mile, was a nice wind aided 8:23. So, after seeing, mile 1's split, I wanted to see if I could stay around an 8:30 or under pace, until I turned around at mile 7. I did that, staying between 8:20 - 8:30!
When I turned around at mile 7, boy I could feel the difference! The wind was pretty strong, and I wanted to stay between 8:45 -9:00 min/mile pace.
I did just that, actually staying under 8:40 pace.
I hit the 10 mile mark at 1:23. When I saw that, I thought back to running the OC Drive Marathon 10 miler, in late March, and remembering my struggle with the wind, and finishing in 1:30. With only 3.2 miles to the 1/2 marathon marker, I was pumped to see where I would end up. Check it out.. 1:52! That would be about a minute quicker that I did the PDR, back in Sept!
All that with not feeling too good. Guess it's my inner Micheal Jordan. Didn't he always have his best games under the weather?
Well, I finished strong running my fastest mile for my last, at 8:19.
There ya have it, if you don't feel too good, get out the door and run. It might just be your best run! It's funny, being thisclose to the marathon, I think the nerves are starting to kick in. A little less sleep, head cold, nervous about lower mileage, that I might not be ready. You get the idea. It's crazy how the mind works. I've run a bunch of different races over the years, even in the occasional playoff and championship games back in my competitive street hockey days,so this shouldn't be a big deal, but it is!
Here is the rest of the week:
14 miles 1:58:36