Today we tackled this route:
With a little bit of some rolling hill action:
Ok, kind of a lot of rolling hill action. But we knew we wanted to keep it to that goal 11:30 pace. Jaqueline and I were joined by Becky, and the three of us were a little team, with a cruising speed of around 11:00 most of the time. The hills slowed us down, but the downhills we were flying!
We took one walk break, right at the midpoint – 45 minutes, 4 miles. We each took a gel and downed some water before getting going again and really tackling the bigger hills that were in the second half.
And amazingly, amazingly, we came in under pace:
Average pace for the whole run was 11:13! We are awesomely impressed with ourselves, because it felt AWESOME. I was not dying. I was not feeling like I needed to quit. I was just cruising. It was a perfect runner’s zone.
Now, the shins are not too happy with me. I did my Monday and Wednesday midweek runs, but had to get some emergency ART on Thursday and skip the speedwork on Thursday night (I did a 35 minute walk instead). And as I type, I’ve got a compression thing that holds an ice pack on there. I’m really trying to take good care of it. But with a little ibuprofin before the run, it was completely manageable the whole time. Hopefully I can get it sorted out soon.
But for now, I’m just going to revel in that amazing 8 mile run. What a great start to the weekend.