Woohoo! Imagine my surprise when I logged into my Nike+ account with this morning’s run and Paula Radcliffe pops up to congratulate me on my fastest 10k ever. I’m tickled because it was so unexpected.
It was a cold run. We ran the large loop in Central Park along the same course as the NYC Half (we will be running clockwise). Lots of hills! It’s nice to be able to get familiar with the course and to know what to expect on race day - though I’m hoping for warmer weather!
As we were getting ready to leave for the beginning of our run, I joined the 10:30 pace group, expecting to keep that pace. I opted for a headphones-free run and was surprised as we set out, that I wasn’t really missing the meticulously organized playlists that I usually run with. I stayed with our little pack for the first 2.5 miles before deciding that my legs needed a little more room to move, and I set out just ahead of them. I ran along and struck up conversation with another renegade 10:30 pace grouper and before I knew it, we were turning into the mall. Honestly, I’m shocked by the 9’55” pace I clocked today. It didn’t feel like a great effort, just a casual, “conversational” pace. Exciting and encouraging!
What a great start to the day! Now, I plan on taking a short nap and getting the chili going. (My momma’s recipe! Looking forward to a taste of home.)