Yesterday I was out for a 7-miler with the Hellgater's and ended up running with Eamonn and Mike B. A few miles in the pace quickened and Eamonn, who is coming off the NYC marathon and also having foot issues, dropped off. Mike and I continued on at a brisk pace. At one point I looked down at my fancy watch and realized we were running better than a 6:40/mile pace. Whoa! We finished 7.1 miles in 50:28 - a 7:06 pace.
Along the way Mike noted that I was running well and asked if I could have gone for more at the marathon. Hmmm... Now that is an interesting question. I did run a significant PR. My legs did turn to concrete 20 miles in. I was stiff and sore for days afterward. But could I have run faster? Could I have pushed harder?
Today, I went out by myself for an easy five. It started off well. But again things seemed to speed up somehow. Here are my splits:
- Mile One - 7:58
- Mile Two - 7:13
- Mile Three - 7:07
- Mile Four - 6:51
- Mile Five - 6:43
"All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work."