Last night I planned to do some 800s, but as I was walking out the door I realized my watch was dead, and for some reason I was just too lazy to manually map out 800 yards online. There’s a track like 2 miles away but it’s kinda scary to get to, and I was kind of in a rush to get started, so I just went outside. Right away my legs were pretty stiff, so I decided to cut it down to a 5 mile jog. I wanted to be fresh for today’s long run and didn’t really think it was worth putting 2 more miles of tiredness on my legs. The jog went fine, and I spent the night relaxing.
This morning, I set my alarm for 7, but actually woke up at like 9. It wasn’t hot today, so there was no real reason to wake up super early. In fact, the temperature was kind of perfect. It was low 70s and a little overcast with a breeze. My plan was to try to negative split as much as I could, and since I went out in like a 9:40 mile, that wasn’t too hard. I ended up going through 5 in exactly 45 mins, maybe a few seconds faster, and I stopped for a drink at mile 6. I got a 32oz. Gatorade, with the intention of drinking half and leaving the rest for when I turned around. I was basically going straight north up the coast of the Hudson River, and there was a nice path/sidewalk the whole way. In a rare multimedia blogdog event, heres a map of my run:
Once I got to 7.5 I turned around. Once I hit 9 where, the Gatorade was, I drank the rest of it for a minute, and took off again. I was still pretty thirsty, so at mile 11 I stopped for like 30 seconds to grab a water, and I ran with it.
The rest of the way home was pretty smooth sailing. I thought about trying to push the pace, but I felt good doing what I was doing. I ended up finishing in 2:13:45, which is 8:55 miles. That’s right around what I was hoping to do today, and actually just a touch fast, but I wanted the end to be faster than the beginning, so it was fine.
I’m really glad this run went well, and it was a nice confidence boost. I am going out with some friends tonight, and spending the day eating the famous black label burger at the Minetta Tavern tomorrow, so that will involve a lot of calories. I was 209.5 after my run today, which, again, I know is cheating to weigh myself after running, but it’s the lowest number the scale has said yet, so I’m going with it. Tomorrow I’m going to try to find time to run 8 miles, and it might be like 2 short jogs at different points, I’m not sure yet. But, I will definitely do something. Alright, see ya tomorrow.