I've been busy and haven't had a chance to put together a decent post. Tomorrow I'm leaving to spend Passover with my family, so I thought I'd get a quick one out.
Last Sunday I ran 16 miles along the West Side Highway. It's really a beautiful route.
I ran a couple of times during the week. That includes Friday where my run got interrupted by this huge police chase. I turned back the other way, and ran into the police again. There must have been 300 policeman standing around (doing nothing). Apparently these guys robbed somebody and drove off in his car. My guess is that warrants 2 policeman, if any. But then they smashed 2 police cars while trying to get away. That warrants 300 policeman speeding through traffic like maniacs. I hope Dunkin' Donuts didn't lose too much business that day...
Today I ran another race. I was planning on getting to the park early and getting in 6 miles before the 10K. I did get there early, but couldn't find parking. (That's always so annoying!) Anyway, I ended up running only a couple of miles before the race, including 1.5 miles right into the start of the race.
Since I had not been planning to really race this thing full out, I had no real plans on how to run the race. Akiva
wanted to run 8 minute miles and that seemed fast to me. For the first few miles I just took it easy. Like usual, that meant I was going faster than I thought, but I really wasn't passing too many people. The next few miles were tough, but I wasn't pushing too hard. Surprisingly the splits were pretty good. At some point Akiva asked me if I was going to set a PR, but I really had no idea what my previous PR was.
As it turned out, I smashed my old PR, which I set last year at this race. Last year it took me 53:04 and this year I got that down to 49:30, for a 7:59 pace! Sweet!
(Splits: 8:52, 8:08, 7:52, 8:08, 7:39, 7:33, 1:18 (6:30))
My knees are a little sore now, but I'll be off running until at least Thursday, given the holiday schedule. If you look at my sidebar, you can see that now my 4 mile PR is now out of whack. There are two 4 mile races coming up in April, including the race where I set my PR in 2001. The thing is that if I run this marathon
in May, it's probably not such a good idea to keep doing these races. I'm pretty confident I can get my 4 mile PR pace down to about 7:45, but that may have to wait for another time.