I felt pretty good after a full rest day yesterday, and so decided to push at a high effort level.
The weather was great and there were a bunch of Team in Training people out doing their 10 mile run for San Diego (some doing Halfs some fulls) I ran into older fellow and struck up
a conversation, being careful to do his pace which was about 11:30 (you can see that in the splits below for miles 8 and 9). He's doing the Big Sur in May..someday I'll have to try that one but it does have a mongo hill.
After we reached his turnaround I said goodbye and poured on the coal again. This was my first 20+ run with my Kinvaras and I was curious to see how my feet would react in the late stages of the run.
Here's my splits:
|8||1.00||11:39||111||82 yakking 8)|
|11||0.19||09:28||124||86 hit the lap button here by mistake?|
|22||1.00||09:02||140||89 go time!|
Total distance 21.69 m
Pace 9:42 m/m
I felt really good....it was a hard run..probably 8.5/10 effort, but you'll see there was a constant pace and I was able to kick it up a bit at the end. I felt like I could have held a constant 9:30 pace for a full 26.2 with minimal fade...what with a taper and race excitement giving a little extra boost. So I think this is around my marathon pace right now...which is good..not quite as good as July but darn good considering my lower mileage.
I was pleased to see that the shoes gave me no problems and my form was just awesome. I had no problems holding a fast cadence even at the end of the run. The strength training and the hills are a Very Good Thing.
Sometimes you zone-out during a run and think about all sorts of things. But not for this run..the last 10 miles of this run I was in the zone. The miles just sped by while I focused internally on running as perfectly as possible and imagining I was in the last few miles of the LA marathon.
I drank two bottles of water and ate 3 GUs plus 8 clifbloks. I noticed I started to feel a bit hungry at the end of the run. The temps were 55 to 61F..it felt much warmer at the end as there was full sun...could have sworn it was 70F+
I did finally get my Peregrine trail shoes....going to try them out on an easy hike to loosen up this afternoon.