4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Nice late nite run

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Sometimes, it is really hard to get the run in.  I knew it would not happen on Friday, or over the long Labor Day weekend, since I’ll be out of town, so I was able to squeeze in a nice, relatively long, 6.5 mile run last night.  I couldn’t get out of the house till 10:30 PM, on the late side.  The nice thing about late night runs is that there is less traffic to deal with – much easier to get through intersections and crowded places.

The route is one I started using earlier this year, and love.  I’ll eventually tire of it, but it works great for me now.  Across 14th St, down 4th Ave / Centre St / Church Ave to Battery Park, then up the East River path and Ave A back to 14th St.  It is 6.5 miles, longer than my typical 4-5 milers, but shorter than a long run – nice challenge when I feel I need to do a little more.  Everything felt great tonight.  No aches or pains, felt like a nice swift pace, and I was able to get through all the major intersections with no wait!

A fun game I play sometimes is “guess the pace”.  When I’m really in tune with how things are going, I can usually guess what my pace and finishing time is in a run.  On average, this run takes me about 1 hour to finish.  On good days, I’ve finished in the 55 to 56 min range, and in the heart of the summer, I’ve finished in 65-66 minutes.   Based on how I felt, I was sure I beat 1 hour, and was hopeful that I approached 58 minutes.  I guessed that my finish would be between 58 and 59 minutes.  My finish time was 1:00:58, more than 2 minutes slower than my guess.  I won’t complain since the run felt perfect – guess I’m still not quite at my peak fitness level from earlier in the spring.

By the way, really like the Map My Run site.  I hope to map all my runs and put links in here.

Also, as a frequent runner of East River Park and the East Side in general, loved this blog post.


Written by SCL

August 29, 2008 at 4:27 pm

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  1. Thanks for the heads up on the Queens half! And great to find another NYC runner… I love reading about others’ routes and races 🙂


    September 2, 2008 at 9:23 am

  2. […] 4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity « Nice late nite run […]

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