Today I had a fortunate chance for an objective measurement of race progress, running the BAA 10K this morning. The weather was a concern given how high the temperature has been around here the last few days, but luck prevailed at it ranged in the mid-70s for the morning hours. I ran the race in 42:37, a new PR for me at this distance. The 6:52 average split is also faster than the average split for two of my PRs at shorter distances (my 5 mile PR split was 6:54 and my 5K PR split was 6:57 – though to be fair, I’ve only every run one 5K so that’s not a great sample size). So clearly, room to improve at these shorter distances. I’ll have another shot at the 5 mile this Thursday as I’m running the Squantum 5 after work. Last year after this same 10K I went and ran a Warrior Dash in the afternoon – this year I took on a similarly difficult challenge, facing fierce competition in the egg races at the Ipswich Summer Fair.
This marks the end of week 4 of 18 for my New England Double training. I’m still far enough away from it to feel comfortable and confident. Semi- and only very tangentially related, the Western States 100 was this past weekend. The winner, Tim Olsen, ran it in 14 hours 46 minutes 44 seconds. That’s an 8:52 split over 100 miles. Some context for you.
Semi-related song of the week, Andrew Bird, Near Death Experience.