- FINISH! Yup, that's my #1 goal. Just get out there and finish the race. Regardless of time, it will be a PR ;-)
- Under 5 hours. This is my realistic goal. I think I can do this.
- 4:37. This is my 'The Gods are shining on me & my running shoes & the planets have all aligned to give me perfect weather, strong legs & all the energy needed for a strong finish' goal.
Here's how it broke down:
Plan: 5 mile tempo run: 1 mile warmup, 3 miles @ 10:19 pace, 1 mile cool down
Mile 1: 10:53 Not bad. There's a crappy uphill portion right at the beginning so feeling ok so far.
Mile 2: 10:12 Ok, pretty good. Sweating pretty good but keeping hydrated.
Mile 3: 9:55 I hit the flat. I can see the waves of heat radiating from the pavement. I stick to the gravel shoulder and drink alot.
Mile 4: 10:28 I'm starting to hit the wall here. I'm on the pavement. I know I only have this mile of tempo pace left but I can't sustain it. I feel like I'm breathing a hot wet blanket.
Mile 5: 10:46 I'm almost dead. I'm doing the "I can make it to the next lamppost" game. There's a guy out for his lunch hour walk that I barely pass. I'm out of water. I hit 5 miles & shut it down. I'm walking. I'm tingly. Thank you to the inventor of A/C....you are my hero.
Next run....8 miles friday....lesson learned....will be out before 10 am!