After a full afternoon of thunder, rain and lightening, I was able to escape the kids and jet off for a quick run at marathon pace. The marathon I am running, the Sunriver Marathon, is a week from today, and I wanted to make sure I did a little speedwork this weekend. After the rain has stopped, everything is damp and the air is cool. This is prime running time.
While I’ve been experimenting with running technology, I am not planning on using anything except a stopwatch and possibly a pace bracelet next weekend. No music, no GPS, nothing. I did, however, take my phone with me today to see how I felt at the pace I was holding.
My breathing was somewhat labored, but my legs felt great on the way out, which amounted to about 800 feet of elevation gain. I now realize I am in shape because I can get up a few hills and recover quickly after, while continuing to run at pace. I am feeling good (knock on wood). Fortunately the pace averaged 7:50 min/mile and I only need to hold 8:15 to hit my goal.
The smells of damp juniper trees, pine needles, asphalt and rubber track all heightened my senses and helped engage me. Now it’s time for a real 26.2-mile race next weekend. Can’t wait.