Knowing I had a cut back week I struggled with thinking I should do the run faster than a normal long training run. After asking a few if I should shoot for the whole run at goal marathon pace, I decided to take their advice and not do that. I would however go faster than usual, and then do the last 2 miles at or below goal MP.
I ran 2 miles before the start...
The route was mapped at 7.5 but as you see the Garmin showed .3 instead of .5 for whatever reason. Close enough. Schedule called for 9 anyway :)
Temp was 80; Humidity was 81% and Dewpoint was 73. OUCH. Par for the course though.
Started out with the group and here are the splits:
.3 was at 9:59 pace
Average pace: 10:14
Feel really good about the run. Only problem I had was shortly before the 2nd water stop I was having GI issues (ate late so I had potty issues beforehand). Thankfully right there before that water stop to the right down a side street was a porta potty in front of a house that was being remodeled. Thank the baby Jesus! After that I felt better and was back on track.
Next Saturday: 16 miles. Lordy Lordy... :o)