Just a few days ago temperatures outside were below zero or barely made it into the upper single digits, but since this is Colorado things look different fast. When I came home yesterday it was 55 degrees outside and the sun felt so good. So, naturally I went for a run and it turned out to be a tiny little bit special yesterday. I took my older pair of the Nike Pegasus 29 for this run – this pair of shoes is still good for shorter runs (I use them for runs up to 8 miles) and since I expected potentially wet feet from the melting snow I felt it was a good choice. I’d rather have the older pair get totally wet and keep the newer running shoes safe for another day.
I ran in shorts, T-Shirt, and a Nike Dri-Fit jacket + a beanie for the head. I knew that once the sun would settle temperatures would drop quickly and if you do not have much hair a hat of some sort is a must. I never felt cold on this run and I had plenty of sunlight in the first 45 minutes.
Right off the bat my pace stayed below 9 minutes for the mile which is fast for me. For quite a while now my pace on runs of 6-8 miles seems to get faster and faster and yesterday was no exception. I am not sure why this is happening as it is not intentionally, but I am wondering if my cross-training through Kosama is playing a role in this whole thing. I have been running much less since the beginning of November. First I was sick for about two weeks and I did not run or workout at all during that time. Then I ran the Las Vegas marathon and cut back on running afterwards. I had registered for a half marathon and ran it last Saturday, but I did not specifically train for it. All my runs since Las Vegas have been in the 6-8 mile range and the half marathon was the longest run since Las Vegas. For the last 3 weeks I have been religiously doing my Kosama workouts mixed with 3-4 runs per week and that is it.
Anyway, I am happy that my pace is improving. I am not sure how that is going to translate into long run and marathon performance in the end, but I would think that it supports my original goal for the Las Vegas marathon of Four Hours. Of course that goal fell when I was sick for almost 2 weeks leading up the race and I even ran the marathon with an ear infection still affecting me.
So, yesterday’s run turned out to be my fastest 10K ever or better, the fastest 10K since I started using a GPS watch (Nike+ GPS Watch). I ran 7.54 miles and the average pace turned out to be 8:32 minutes per mile. Here are the splits.
1 1.00mi 8:54 8’53″/mi
2 0.99mi 8:49 8’49″/mi
3 0.99mi 8:43 8’43″/mi
4 1.00mi 8:36 8’35″/mi
5 0.99mi 8:13 8’13″/mi
6 1.00mi 8:24 8’23″/mi
7 1.00mi 8:12 8’11″/mi
8 0.49mi 4:05 8’18″/mi