I ran for 1 hr and 20 minutes at a comfortable pace, which turned out to give me 9 miles. Before the run, I did some innovative chest, core, and shoulder exercises for a bit under an hour. Then headed out into the VERY windy morning. I arrived at the fearsome Weir Rd before the first mile. Then it's 1.5 wonderfully unrelenting upward miles. In two sections of the hill, it's actually 15% grade. I wanted to start out the run on Weir because I've challenged a few friends to a Weir Rd race next Tuesday. Two of the guys are my co-workers, and since I'm the runner among the trainers, I'd better win! :-) Actually, I'll be OK if I don't beat them because they ARE men, after all, and incredibly fit men at that.
For today, here were the splits: 9:00, 10:01 (that was the 15% grade), 8:51, 8:46, 9:02, 8:50, 8:53, 8:11, 8:19.
I need to select a marathon to start training for. I think May is a good time for me. Any suggestions out there? Anyone? Anyone?