Monday, January 17, 2011
Fleet Feet Running Group 4 miler: 1/6
The second mile was still down hill, but I had said that I would try to shoot for 9 1/2 min. miles, so I backed the second mile down to 9:14.70, which was a good pace for chatting.
The third mile we started hitting the up hill portion of the course. The Third mile is rolling hills at first and then leads into the last incline that is the last .25 of mile three and all of mile 4. We did this in 9:4, which as a little faster than I intended, but I was feeling really good and couldn't hold back. Also, one of the other runners was pushing the pace with me, so I was mainly trying to stay with her more than anything else.
The last mile was all uphill and I just wanted it over with. I normally would not run a hill like this in the manner I did, which was more of a charge than I wanted, but I new that the course ended right at the top of the hill, so I just went for it as hard as I could at that point. I did the last mile in 9:56.79, which I felt pretty good about at the time.
Overall, this was the best run that I have had in a while. I enjoyed it a great deal, and I am looking forward to running this course more often as the weather gets better. Overall we did the whole course at a 9:18 pace. Faster than we had intended, but I think everyone felt good about it afterward.