What a Nasty, Nasty, Nasty day for those running Boston. I had several friends that toed this line this morning, and I’m so proud of those that finished in such brutal conditions. Even though I’m eager to run Boston for the first time, I’m hoping that my first experience will be accompanied by cooler temperatures.
Back here in Nashville, my schedule called for an easy 6-miles followed by 4 x 100m stride outs. I wan’t able to get it in this morning, so it ended up being an afternoon run when the temps and humidity were up a bit after morning showers. As instructed by John, I just tried to run by feel which led to a 7:51 overall average before the stride outs. This was faster than I expected, but still felt pretty relaxed overall. My first mile was around 8:20, but the remaining 5 were all under 8:00 with the final 3 under 7:45. My legs felt great, and other that sweating like a fountain, the temps and humidity did not seem to have a big effect.
Tonight Olivia and I are supposed to do P90X Legs and Back, and then tomorrow’s schedule calls for 8-miles with 5-miles at goal half marathon pace (6:42). I’m thinking this will be a tough effort, but will be good prep leading up to the 500 Festival Mini Marathon which is 3-weeks from Saturday. This is the largest half marathon in the country, and my goal is to finish in the top 500. The first 500 across the finish line receive a special medal, and Paxton and I just barely missed out on this last year.