And then I run alone amongst a whole bunch of other runners.
I am okay with this.
Why bring this up? Well, as some may have noticed in my last post, I PR'd my 1/2 Marathon time by 3 minutes and 35 seconds. The whole reason for going all out on this 1/2 was to try and get a better baseline pace for my 1st Marathon in 23 days.
When I put my time in from my best 1/2 from last year (note...only 2 1/2's last year), the MacMillan pace calculator spit out an 8:33 mins/mile pace. I tried to train at that pace and pretty much drove myself crazy trying to run that slow.
If that is your pace, awesome, I am not trying to slag any 8:33 mins/mile pace runners. I am merely stating that I had a problem with that number....and therefore followed my heart and set a new Marathon pace of 8:15 to train at.
So back to the new 1/2 time.....1:42:38. Plug that into the old pace calculator and come up with a full Marathon pace of 8:16 mins/mile. Can you say CHA-CHING!!!!!!!!! I was off by a second according to some MacMillan guy....who I trust because us Scottish folk tend to be a bit clansy (men who wear skirts tend to be like that).
So why the solitary stuff?....welll, the son's track coach who ran the 5 k last weekend (1st in age...I guess that's why he is the track coach)...made mention about how lonely the course was for runners...and he was right. Not many spots that people were cheering for runners....cause it was just not that type of course.
Did not bother me at all. I do run by myself and always have. I enjoy others company but it just never seems to happen when I run...oh well, thats life.
Just a couple of other quick notes:
- I really enjoyed the comments from the last post that stated I should have won something for my age group. Thank-you. We have some awesome old guy runners around here...the top guy in the 45-49 age group ran a 1:21:31.....smoked me by 22:07. the guy ahead of me was a full minute and 9 seconds faster than the Immortal.
- Some numbers changed from last week, I was 4/5 for my age group and was 26/64 overall for the 1/2. 19/31 for men.
- Todays run was into a nasty ass wind gusting up to 20-25 miles or so. Was nice to have a big poosh on my booootocks on the leg home.
- 8 tomorrow, 16 Sunday and that 16 will be my last long run before the 29th. I cannot wait.
Lastly, If you don't follow this blog , you should. Adam always cracks me up and he is also...a solitary runner.
Are you a groupie runner or not???????
Have a great weekend, rumor has it that spring is coming soon!!!