BREAKING NEWS : B has returned home from Vegas mostly unscathed and we don’t have to uninvite any guests or call off the wedding. Bachelor party success.
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I knew I had to get a solid run in this weekend, since my next two weekends are going to be the opposite of condusive to training.
Read : I’m going back to the sticks for 12 days, where late-night shenanigans are undeniable and the Busch Light flows like water. And that’s just a regular weekend. Since I’ve been gone five months and have impending nuptuals to start celebrating – things are going to get a little crazy.
Perfect weather greeted me at Back Bay – mid 60’s and breezy, but the sun was warm. (And strong enough to bring back the Garmin tanline. Wear it with pride, wear it with pride…)
I knew I wanted to do 10 miles. As I parked, I decided I’d test out my Goal Pace (8:21/mi) for May 1st’s half. (aka PR Pace)
What was that?? Did I hear a chuckle from somebody? Do you have a problem with the past 36 hour’s fueling, smarty pants?
Well I’ll have you know all those antioxidants and liquid carbs do my body good. I had a FABULOUS run.
I didn’t obsess over my splits – just tried to maintain between 8:20-:30. I focused on feeling comfortably uncomfortable. This meant a pace I knew I could sustain, but that I had to work for. Rather than just locking into cruise control like most long runs, I embraced the burn in my muscles, the heavy breathing, and the murderously painful sweat pouring into my eyeballs.
There were points I wanted to slow down, and hills I wanted to walk, but I pushed through. Somehow. Dang, I really should have tried to remember how I did that. Sorry.
Negative split the back 5 in a big way and finished STRONG – mile 10 was 7:55! Good thing I picked it up, or else I wouldn’t have somehow managed to hit pace exactly.
Big confidence boost to the ol’ training cycle there. Hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in some decent runs while I’m back in the O-H and I can really knock the shit out of that stupid old PR.
Gratuitous and totally un-related side note :
We get a few hours of really fantastic sunshine on our balcony during the day. Not really condusive for sunbathing, unless you’re looking for zebra stripes, but turns out it is pretty awesome for afternoon yoga…