Thursday, September 24, 2009

Confidence Restored

Today's run: Linear Trail: Temperature 78 degrees; Splits 8:56; 8:35; 9:00; 8:52; 8:47; 9:09; 8:48; 8:49; 8:46; 8:51; 1:28:33 total for 10 miles; 8:51 per mile pace.

Yesterday's Run: Road: Temperature 80 degrees. Splits 8:40; 8:55; 8:32; 8:26; :47: 35:20 for 4.1 miles; 8:37 per mile pace.

I'm feeling good again. The past two day's runs have been successful, and my times are where I want them to be. Yesterday's road run was a short one, but I purposely did that so I could run the 10 miler today. Overall I averaged an 8:37 per mile pace, well below my goal of 9 minutes or better. I'm encouraged by the last two miles being run in 8:32 and 8:26. I guess knowing that it was a scheduled short, easy run is one trick to build up my confidence.
Today's run was better than I expected it to be. Running the linear trail on a fall day, with the leaves changing color, the temperature cooler, the humidity less, and the smell of fallen leaves made it all worthwhile. So did seeing my blogging buddy Carlee at the 2 1/4 mile point of my run. She was running the opposite direction, and I didn't realize until the last second that it was her speeding by. We exchanged a few words of encouragement, and kept going our separate ways. I wish I had known it was her earlier so I could have thanked her in person for being so supportive. I thought about turning around and trying to catch up with her after we passed, but didn't want her to think I was stalking her. Besides, she's faster than me, so I would have never caught up to her anyhow! So far I've run 35.1 miles this week. I'm still deciding what to do the next three days. I will probably use tomorrow as a rest day, or if I'm ambitious I'll run 5 miles. Same plan for Saturday. I'll probably skip the half marathon on Sunday. It's supposed to rain when it's being run, and I'm still thinking that I need to do one last 20 plus mile run. So if I do it, Sunday would be the day. Unfortunately I'd probably have to miss the NY Giants football game in order to have time to do the run. That's not good. Oh the sacrifices we must make as a runner. Yup, the Hartford Marathon, if I run it, and the New York City Marathon as I've said all along will be my last. This 53 year old man wants some of his family time and fun time back.
FUNDRAISING UPDATE: $2200 raised, $400 to go! I still have 23 days left to raise the money...

6 comments:

Carlee said...

Sweet! Yay for the hi carlee in the tags. It was so fun seeing you. sounds like it was an awesome run to; check out those splits!

Lisa said...

Wow, you are consistent! Look at your splits. Nice job and how cool that you got to see a fellow blogger. Sounds like you have a well thought out game plan for this weekend. Probably better not to run the half if it is supposed to rain.

Tara said...

Great run! I want that pace!

I didn't realize that you were raising money (I am clueless most days), I will come back this weekend and help your cause!

Anais said...

$400 is totally doable (I think? lol!). You're almost there!

I can't wait to watch the NYC marathon! :D

Irish Cream said...

Wow, you are doing AWESOME with the fundraising! Almost there! And how fun that you saw Carlee while running!

lindsay said...

nice job on the runs!! they're faster than my easy pace! :)

finish bringing home that fundraising bacon!