My Friday night run ended up starting way later than usual; I left the house to start my mile warm-up at about 7pm. (Drama regarding a rental car, while my Mustang is at a collision shop getting its keister put back in order) Swem landed at DTW around the same time and Steph went off to pick him up while I got my run in.
I got to Martinsville, stretched and got running at about 20 minutes past. I ran the 3 miles in about 36:30, about a minute slower (20s/mile) than the last Martinsville pace run, which was identical. I was supposed to do 3.5 miles, but I had a few factors working against me. I wanted to get back to the house to get started on the fun weekend activities, most of all. But in addition, about 3 cars came along at various times, driving me off the road and onto the shoulder. Also, I got into my first Runner vs. Loose Dogs confrontation. Lucky it was just what looked like a little bichon frise and its bigger pal which must have been some kind of whatever-adoodle. Their bark was almost certainly worse than their bite, but not wanting to find out, I slowed to a walk and kept eye contact while I wandered by. A dog bite would not have improved the night!
Still, all the way through 3 miles in 36:30, and instead of starting my cooldown when I hit 3, I kept running hard, and went another 3/4 of a mile in another 9 minutes, so kept pace with the rest of the run. I’ll post the detailed splits tomorrow, but I think I consider last night a very successful pace run. If I can run 6.2 miles at the 12:10 pace, I will beat my 78:13 goal pace.
Update: Detailed Splits
|Leg||Distance||Time Out||Time Back|
|Martinsville to Hull||~0.75||9:08||9:06|
|Hull to Fret||~0.5||6:25||5:53|
|Fret to Driveway||~0.25||3:05||3:00|
|Martinsville to Dover||~0.75||n/a||8:35|
Swem has delivered my Gu sampler shipment (pics forthcoming!) and he and I are going to go for a run in Huron Metropark tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to have company for my long run; normally they’re entirely solitary because I’m usually on surfaces or roads that Steph isn’t comfortable rollerblading on.