Rash Ramblings

A runner once, an explorer always!

Afternoon Run

I stayed up late last night so I opted for an afternoon run today. I drove over to the trails and started at the zero mile marker. I have been wanting to check my pace and I am not real certain of the distances on my various routes. I have been thinking about doing this anyway, so today was the day. It seems like every run begins with shaking the rust off. It sets in so fast. I came through the first mile  about 8:38. This is very disheartening to me, but it is what it is. I remember those days of cruising through ten miles at lesss than a six minute pace. Right now that feels as likely as me stepping outside and taking flight. I came through the three mile point at 26:12, which is an 8:44 pace. That means I slowed somewhere in those next two miles (and in my mind it felt like I was going faster.) I intentionally picked it up in the last two miles. I wanted to at least cover the last half of my run in the same amount of time as the first half. I was pushing myself, but in reality I think I had quite a bit left. I was thinking how easy it would be just to accept that this is as fast as I can go now, but I know that it is not. I finished my six mile run in 52:04. That meant that I covered the last half of my run in 25:52.  That is back to the 8:38 pace that I started out on. That is a little victory, but I’ve got to do more. I really want to run around a 38:00 in the Capitol 10,000. When I turned in my entry, I put 44:00 as the time I thought I would run. With this run today I am about eight minutes off my predicted time and there is a little over three months to go. I am fairly certain 48:00 is reachable, 44:00 is possible and anything below 44:00 would make me ecstatic. I have got to start varying the pace during my run. I need to feel the pace go as close to a six minute pace as I can. If I can reach that, I will then just have to work on extending the duration. For now…I just press on.   Tue  52:04.80




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