Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Sixteen Miles the Easy Way

Tuesday, March 8, 2016:

Four today, four yesterday, and eight the day before that, all outdoors.  These miles felt good - I'm about ready for a marathon.

70 degrees today - a new Twin Cities record for this date.  We've had three lovely days in a row, with temps well above the usual for early March.  On average, in fact, March is the second snowiest month of the year, just behind February.  I have thoroughly enjoyed these warm days, running today in a short-sleeved shirt and shorts.

I went a bit faster today than I usually do, walking as fast as I could and running whenever I felt like it, maybe a quarter or a third of the four miles.  Because of that extra running my pace was 11:51, which would finish a marathon in 5:10 if I could sustain it for 26.2 miles.  Not now.

Splits: 23:42 (1.96 mi), 23:44 (2.04 mi), total 47:25, average pace 11:51.

Monday, Mar 7:

Four miles, no problems, great day.

Splits: 25:22 (1.96 mi), 27:57 (2.04 mi), total 53:19, average pace 13:20.

Sunday, Mar 6:

Eight miles outdoors.  Just a little backache, felt like tired muscles.

Splits: 26:15 (2.04), 27:29 (2.02), 25:40 (2.00), 27:59 (2.04), total 1:47:22, average pace 13:15.

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