Monday, January 13, 2014
at the start of the month i had planned to run a 10 miler on sunday. instead i registered for a 10k on Saturday. in actuality, i skipped the 10k on saturday because it was raining cats and dogs when i woke up. i just couldn't drag myself into the city to run a loop of central park (and thus skipped my first nyrr race and 9+1 point of the year).
instead, i slept late saturday morning and ran 10 miles - in mostly damp and drizzling weather - on the post road when i got up. it took me 1:27:44 (an 8:37 pace) to cover those soggy 10.2 miles. it wasn't an especially productive run because I felt lousy about bagging the joe kleinerman 10k. it was just one of those days.
things turned around on sunday - especially since it was warmer and dry outside. i went back out for another 10 miler and instead of a slog like the day before, it turned into a pretty decent run. this 10 miler, despite starting off with a pair of 9 minute miles, wound up as a sub-1:20 finish (1:19:26, a 7:57 pace). to say i was surprised with that performance is an understatement - it was just a few seconds off the time i ran the norfolk pub 10 miler last month!
here are the splits:
7:57 average pace
overall, i was successful in doing cutdown miles for most of the run. excluding the first two miles, the average pace was roughly 7:40-7:45 minute miles. either way, the pace was a decent improvement from the 8:36 miles on saturday. it never ceases to amaze me the difference a day can make in running (or almost anything for that matter) :D