Had a great weekend long run. 20 miles at a local trail. Here are the splits:
On the first 10 miles I really thought we were running too fast and I was expecting a pretty big bonk on the second loop. I was running with my normal running partner’s Shawn and Brian and a couple of other pretty decent runners. Brian split after the first 10, and the rest of us kept going for another 10. I really was not expecting to keep this pace up for the second loop. I hung on though and was really happy with the pace we kept. I got a little discouraged near the end because the other 3 runners got a couple of minutes ahead of me. I tried not to let it bother me, and pressed on. I was feeling it, but now that I see from the splits above that they started running a little faster I don’t feel bad at all. This run was a great confidence booster, and makes me really think that a 5:30 Sylamore time is within reach. 5:30 is a 10:37 pace, and I ran much faster than that for this 20. I can’t wait until the race to see how things unfold. Shawn is talking about pushing it closer to 5 hours, but I’m going to be happy if I can get to 5:30.
Here’s a pic of the map. I thought it looked kind of funny for some reason…
Looking forward to another week of training starting tomorrow. Gotta focus and get work done!!