Saturday, October 3, 2009

A Perfect 10.1

Linear Trail: Temperature 59 degrees; Splits 9:45; 9:30; 9:38; 10:05; 10:10; 10:12; 10:02; 10:29; 10:37; 9:59; :56 1:41:23 total for 10.1 miles; 10:02 per mile pace.

I decided to get in one last long run before the Hartford Marathon a week from today. I chose to run on the linear trail because I wanted to take it easy and not worry about hills and traffic. I also knew that it was supposed to rain, and the trees on the trail would help shield me if it did rain. My goal today was simple: to run 10 miles at an easy pace, without taking walk breaks. I downed a Vanilla Bean GU gel before my run, and two more during the run. Good thing I ran by two water fountains during my run, since taking the gels without water left me with gel mouth. Yuck! It was a lonely run on the trail. Not surprising, since it was only 59 degrees, and the skies looked like they were going to open up at any moment. As I sit here typing this, it's pouring. It's been raining since I completed my run. Overall, a great run. I ran comfortably and pain free. I didn't take any walk breaks, but as you can tell by my splits, I took water and "other" breaks. I'm ready for Hartford. As long as I constantly remind myself to treat it as a training run for the NY City Marathon, I'll be fine. I have a great carb loading plan that I've used successfully prior to running my two other marathons. It starts Wednesday, with me stuffing as many complex carbs into my body as possible. Bruegger's bagels become my favorite breakfast, with 73 grams of carbs in their whole wheat bagel, for example. Tomorrow will be a day of rest and quality time with my wife. We're going to see the final game of the season for the Mets. Yes, I know they're bad this year. My wife wants to see their new stadium, so who am I to argue?!

7 comments:

Lisa said...

Sounds like you had a very nice run and that you are in a good place mentally. Even though the marathon next week is a training run I bet you will do well in it anyway, just judging by your recent posts. Enjoy your day off tomorrow and have fun at the game.

Irish Cream said...

Here's hoping my 10-miler this morning is just as lovely :) Have fun at the Mets game--eat some Shake Shack for me (YUM!).

Melanie Tait (Mel Tries to Run) said...

Good job. Good luck next week. It's so exciting!

Meg Runs said...

Sounds like this run gave you some good confidence for next week! I'm excited for you, you'll do so well!
Have fun at the game!

lindsay said...

glad you had a great 10-miler!

definitely hold back in hartford. you know you want to leave it all on the streets of NY, your last marathon afterall!

Tara said...

Cool! Glad you had a nice 10 miler. Did you have a good time at the Met's game? My baseball is doing great, but my football team (I'm sorry to say it's the Chiefs) SUCK!

Anais said...

Reading about your run just made me want to go out for a run right now!! It's late and dark right now so I won't, but I think I'll reread it tomorrow before my run :D