The weather was around 50 degrees at the start which is ideal (that's a cue mother nature). We started around a 8:45 pace since one of my dad's friends was only doing about 7 miles as opposed to 21. She kept the pace a bit quicker which was fine but once she left we slowed a tad to 9 for the middle portion of the run. With about 7 miles left, my dad picked up the pace a bit at which point I did too. I would say it was closer to 8:30 pace which felt real good. It was a very encouraging run for me because I still feel like I have no idea how fast I can be. It's always been one thing or another on why but I'm looking forward to running a race and meaning it! 4 weeks from today...I will:) I think I can run a 3:45-3:50 marathon judging by what I did today...but the thing about a marathon is you just don't know until you hit that particular day.
Oh and mega-congrats to AB and Sempre Libera for rocking the half marathon today! AB ran a blistering 1:43:59...smashing her previous PR. Sempre Libera smashed her first 1/2 marathon outing with a 1:48! Looks like I have a race distance to work on a PR for next year;0) As I talked to Sempre Libera, I realized I have not actually full out raced a 1/2 marathon this year (with the exception of the 20k which I kept to 8 minutes)....due to the marathon. So Sempre Libera, no worries...I have my eyes set on the Brooklyn Half next year (as long as NYRR doesn't get rid of the 1/2 marathon series).
So what's left until the marathon?
Next Sunday: Rockafeller Estates for a 10-12 mile run
Sunday Oct 16: Bridges run...20 miles total which I may just stick to the 16...not sure I really need the extra mileage
Oct 22/23: 6-8 mile run
Oct 30: 26.2!
Oh and L'shanah Tovah! (Happy New Year)