4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Just a regular training run

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This time of the year, on Tuesday nights, I run in Central Park with NYRR for a speed workout.  Had to skip it today, though, and for a good reason.  My 13 year old got accepted to one of the NYC specialized high schools, and now has a decision to make regarding which school to choose.  I had to go with her to an open house to learn more about the school.  Fun, fun fun.

Was able to get out for a late night training run – 2 loops around Stuyvesant Town.  Each loop is 2.6 miles, so my total run was 5.2 miles.  First loop was at a very nice steady training pace, 24:35.  However, the competitive juices started flowing and I turned it up at least 2 notches for the 2nd loop, which was finished a minute and a half faster, at 23:03.  In all, 5.2 miles covered in 47:38, or a 9:10 pace.

43 degrees with little wind.  First time in a long time I ran sans gloves and only a single shirt layer.  Felt nice.  Still don’t know how I’m going to dress for the Austin Marathon on Sunday.  Should be in the upper 40’s at the start and then go up to 60 during the race.  Should be perfect!

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Written by SCL

February 10, 2009 at 11:12 pm

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