Distance: 6.6 mi
Well I did it! After all of the other goals I have set you would think that I don’t need another one but once I realized that I would probably make it through the marathon I began to think of life post marathon. One of the goals I had set was to run five miles at a pace under 8 minutes. I know that doesn’t sound like much to some, but the 8 minute barrier is a big deal for me and I really want to get below it. So today I ran 6.6 miles in a 7:55 average mile. Not much below, but below!!! This is all in preparation for a larger goal of breaking 45 minutes for the 10K sometime next spring. I’m getting there… slowly.
I have definitely hit a hole in the runners group I am with though. I can’t quite catch the 7:30-7:45 group yet (but I can see them for a lot longer now!) and the 8:00 to 8:30 group is mostly running 8:30s, so I start out in a crowd but finish alone. I’m not complaining, I just think it’s interesting. I could probably run with the 7:30 group for a few miles but they usually always go for the longest route, and I could never keep up that long right now so I’d just get dropped anyway. I could slow down and run with the 8:30 group but I don’t know if I would get a good enough workout. So, for now, I run alone until I either speed up enough to hang with the fast guys or somebody from the slow group speeds up. I’m hoping it will be the former!!