One week of taper down. 2 to go.
Sunday was the “last 10 miles” run. Which was good, I needed to revisit 5th Avenue. And given that the portion in the Bronx changed since I ran the race last, would be a good idea to check that out as well and make mental notes.
So no need to take a cab this time, I was supposed to get in 12-14 miles so running to the meetup spot from midtown was a perfect warmup. A big crowd was assembled, not quite the 500 from last week but still a decent size. We separated into pace groups…I was 9 minutes…duh 😛 And set off.
Once again, I tried to make notes of hills (one i specifically seemed to take note of was up to 86th)…hmmm not as bad as I remembered though. Almost made a wrong turn in Da Bronx at that 3 way intersection but got back on track 🙂 There’s gonna be a coupla really quick turns around 140th….tangents, anyone?
The first mile was right on the money at 8:57, but afterwards I noticed others were starting to push the pace a bit and I was falling behind. Was barely hanging in there, thank god for the intersections to regroup. Even when we got back to Manhattan, I didn’t want to push it, as I had to save something for 5th Avenue. And unfortunately, that was where I really got dropped. So frustrating. I had to do under 8:40 at that point and yet I couldn’t stick with everyone. (remember, this was supposed to be the 9:00 group…) At that point it was just like “get to the park, and get this done without embarrassing myself further.”
And overall was definitely quicker than I wanted, the 10 turned out to average 8:39 pace. So much for just doing 9’s and cruising through it. But the frustrating part was not being able to stick with the group when they were going faster, especially since most were people I should be able to stick with in workouts or races, if not finish ahead of. The only way I could have stuck with them was if I turned it into a race effort, as is I was at the very edge of my comfort zone. How will I ever run a faster pace in 2 weeks if I can’t do it now? Thankfully Coach T was amongst those waiting for everyone at the finish, as I definitely had to vent…
I really hope this run was just a fluke, but who knows? One more chance to run MP next weekend and I really hope I nail it. And hope the legs get with the program next time I have to run 5th Avenue…
And the 15-day forecast for November 6th is out. Let the weather obsessions begin!