|Start Time||9/13/2014 5:13 AM (UTC-05:00)||Category||My Activities:Running|
|Average pace||08:20 min/mi||Max. pace||05:02 min/mi|
|Weather||Chance of rain; 73.5 °F|
20M @ 810-901
Glad to get this one. Most everyone was running shorter today so I started early. Planned on 2 loops before starting but the 610 freeway was closed at the 290 exchange forcing me to take back streets into the park. By the time I was there and ready to run, it was well past 5 AM. I made on loop (with a restroom stop) then reversed course and went out as far as I could based on getting back to the parking lot by 6 AM turned back and found most everyone waiting for me. This first 4.5 mile leg of today's run was in very light rain.
There was talk about going through Tanglewood. I was happy when reason prevailed and headed for downtown.
This group is fast. I knew this but ... it's fast - men and women. After last week's debacle, my objective was to simply manage this run in a way that would allow me to finish. So, in other words, whoever was in the back, that's who I was hanging out with.
Somewhere on the way back to the park, this one started getting hard. I just told myself to slow down. Also, told myself something like ... just 54 more minutes and you'll be done.
Stopped at the Shell station for water then back along Memorial. I let the group get away from me. Instead of taking Crestwood back to the parking lot, I stayed on the path back to the park. 2.5 miles counterclockwise then turned and 2.5 miles back. Kept telling myself to simply keep the pace at 8:35 (midpoint of my targeted range).
Happy to get it done. It was getting tougher at the end.