Today I planned a 6 mile run to round out my “in between” week after the GW Parkway Classic and before I start (continue?) training for the Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon. The weather forecast called for rain, but I thought I could at least get a few miles in before I got wet. As I got ready, the sky got darker, but the rain held off.
I’m pretty sure I lost my iPod Nano at the race last week. Today I discovered a hole in the fanny pack I had it in, so it probably fell out while I was walking around afterwards. :-( Luckily I still have my old (first generation!) iPod Nano. It has some good playlists on it, and only needed a few hours on the charged to be ready ready for use.
I tried to plan a route that is not too hilly, but that’s really impossible for my neighborhood. My 4-ish mile route is the least hilly route, but it’s hard to make that one longer without adding hills or running on the track (which I honestly didn’t think of this morning). The route I took today has a short hill at the end of mile 1, a longer hill in the middle of mile 2, and is pretty much all uphill (with varying degrees of steepness) from miles 3-5. So much for an “easy” route!
My pace was amazingly consistent:
Average pace: 9:30 min/mile
Split times: 9:35, 9:28, 9:24, 9:28, 9:30, 9:30, 9:35 (last 1/2 mile)
For my Half Marathon Training, I think I need to pick a long run pace and use my Garmin to stick to it, so I don’t run too fast. Maybe 9:40 – 9:45 min/mile?