Monday (6/8/15) - 6.1 miles, 53:47, 8:49 pace - Too fast. Still trying to figure out what 9 minute miles feel like.
Tuesday (6/9/15) - 6.5 miles - Speed work at the middle school track. One mile there; 9x400 (3 intervals short of the requirement, but I had to get my 13-year old off to school) intervals between between a 5k & 10k pace with easy 400 recovery laps in between; another mile home. I discovered the middle school track is short. Next Tuesday I will run to the high school where one lap is exactly 400 meters.
Wednesday (6/10/15) - Off
Thursday (6/11/15) - 6 miles, 55:08, 9:11 pace - Ran with my neighbor. Good conversation and the easy miles ticked by. Kept on pace, too!
Friday (6/12/15) - 6.21, 54:05, 8:43 pace - Too fast again.
Saturday (6/13/15) - 6.15, 53:56, 8:46 pace - My daughter had an appointment in Brooklyn at 8:30am so while she was there, I ran on the promenade alongside the Belt Parkway. I parked on Shore Road close to Owl's Head Park at 9am. It was a steamy 80 degrees. I had to use the bathroom (surprise) and luckily there was a porta potty right by the American Veterans Memorial Pier. There was a group of runners on line wearing race bibs. I asked the girl ahead of me what the distance and start time were. A 10k at 10am. Hmm, I was scheduled to run six, but did I really want to hang out another hour to start and, oh, I had no money on me to register! I guess I'll pass.
There was a nice cool breeze coming off the Upper New York Harbor. I felt good running and thought back to my Half Marathon PR that I hit at the same location in 2013. There were a lot of runners, walkers, and cyclists out, but not so many that they were a disruption. About a half mile past the Verrazano Bridge I hit the three mile marker (There were actually mile markers due to the race!) and turned around. I ran up a couple of flights of stairs leading to overpasses just to get the elevation in and work my calves and hamstrings. I was trying to run slow, however because of the race atmosphere, I found it difficult to stay focused. I felt energized and great throughout.
Me at the promenade with a poor shot of the
Verrazano Bridge in the background.
Total Weekly Mileage: 39