Not a very good job pacing this morning. Mr. Consistency stayed home. I was very pumped up after last night's frivolity at the Cross Country relay and thrilled that my ankle not only survived but felt pretty good. My splits were all over the map. See...
Mile 1 - 14:49
Mile 2 - 15:19
Mile 3 - 15:17
Mile 4 - 15:00
Mile 5 - 15:14
Mile 6 - 14:22
Mile 7 - 15:09
Mile 8 - 14:31
Mile 9 - 16:47
- here's where the walking started, and we had about a 1:15 stop to refill the water bottles.
Mile 10 - 17:56 - Get up and go got up and went.
Mile 11 - 18:54 - Walked most of this mile.
Mile 12 - 18:59 - Same story a mile 11.
.89 - Due to poor navigation and one wrong turn, we ended up .89 miles from our intended finish near the tennis center.
So, actually, through 8 miles, I was pretty good. Sub-15 mpm average and ended up finishing 8 in 1:59:44. Given the humidity and the temps, though, this "speedy" 8 probably did me in for the next 4. Still, tack on my 2 miles at the XC and that's 10 miles at sub-15 average in some pretty wicked conditions temperature and humidity-wise.
Am I disappointed? Just a little. Did I learn something? Yes, I think so. If I had these 12 to do all over again, knowing that the weather was going to be pretty heavy, I would have started out a little slower. Maybe started out 15:30-15:45 and then just try to finish stronger. Even though I felt pretty good this morning, I still think the cross county took a little out of me. Most importantly, I feel like I really stressed the system this morning and look forward to some good recovery tonight and tomorrow.
I'm pretty tired or I'd go on more. Thanks Jo for sticking with me this morning. I'm really glad I had someone to run with. June, Cassie, Jon, Edwin, great to see you all. I treasure our friendships and love seeing you out there on a run. It really helps me.