As I blogged this morning, today starts my journey toward the Atlanta Half Marathon on Thanksgiving Day. After I wrote my post, I laced up my shoes and took off into my neighborhood. The weather today was overcast and humid, but I was hoping I could get through my 3 miles before the rain hit.
I turned away from my normal running route to run through the downtown area. I live in a suburb, so downtown looks like this:
I like running through downtown, because the views are pretty and there are sidewalks everywhere. Not so true of the neighborhoods surrounding mine.
I was feeling really good, jamming out to some hard rock on my iPod, and for some reason, I was in the zone today. I was running almost a full minute faster per mile than I normally do, and I was holding splits under 10:00 for a lot of the run.
As I came around back towards my house, however, I realized that I had grossly misjudged how long my route was. Note to self: MapMyRun is there…use it! I was headed for the last half mile, having only run a mile and a half. For some reason, I thought that loop was longer.
Thankfully, there’s a nice park near my house that I ducked into to get a little more mileage.
It wasn’t quite enough mileage, though, and the wind was starting to get really rough. I began getting worried that I might get caught in the rain. Considering my iPod has been through enough carnage, I wasn’t about to get it wet. So I headed for the house.
All told, I ran 2.3 miles at a 10:46 pace. This may not be fast to a lot of people, but if I had kept that pace through another 0.8 miles, I would have PRed my 5k time. By a full minute.
I’m not too bummed about missing less than three-quarters of a mile of my first training run. Things happen. Plus, I have a nice 2 lap loop to run tomorrow. I’m going to hit those 4 miles hard!