This morning was another NYRR race in Central Park. It was my longest race (and run) since the marathon, which I guess was only about six weeks ago at this point. I've been running great recently - a PR in the 5 mile race, nearly a PR in the 10K, and now, what amounts to a PR in a distance I haven't officially raced before. I ran a 1:08:39, which is a 6:51/mile pace. I'm especially happy with the time because I felt comfortable the entire way - I couldn't have gone much faster, but I wouldn't have had too much trouble keeping up that pace for at least a few more miles. Had I been able to maintain that pace for another 3.1 (which I think I could have done) or even if I had slowed a bit, that would have pretty easily been a half-marathon PR. Another encouraging thing is that two of the ten miles were pretty far off pace. The start was pretty packed and my first mile took 7:31. Then, I had to stop and pee during mile four, which cost me 45+ seconds and that mile took me 7:37. All my splits are below, but since those two miles were relatively slow, my pace for the other eight averaged around 6:40 or 6:45. Either way, it felt really comfortable, which is the main thing.
That's the last race for a few weeks, I think. With the holidays coming up, I won't be racing again until after New Years. There's at least one half marathon and a few other shorter races in January and February, which I'm sure we'll do. Elizabeth and Emily are gearing up for LA and will certainly want to do as many of their long runs to coincide with races as possible.
Run - December 16
Distance: 10 mile
Average heart rate: 161
Course: Central Park
Conditions: mid/high 40's, clear, sunny
mile 1: 7:31.2