September 28, 2014
34 Days Until TCS NYC Marathon
Nyrr 5 Boro Series
Bronx 10 Miler
A great day ladies and gentlemen. Today was the much anticipated Bronx 10 miler. This was my 4th of the 5-5Boro Series giving me a guaranteed entry into NYC Half 2015, one of my favorite races. This was also my 7th of the required 9 races for guaranteed entry to TCS NYC Marathon 2015. This race was to give me a really good idea where my fitness is. My ultimate goal was to run a sub 7minute average. Having run a 9 mile tempo at 7 minutes a couple weeks ago, I felt it was doable. I’ve never averaged sub 7 for any race longer than 5 miles. Before the race I final got to meet iwatchtheworldoutside who was visiting the city to run the Bronx. She is from Illinois, but currently living in Texas. I’ve been stalking her blog for about 2 years now. One of my first Tumblr crushes. I remember when she was just getting started and have watched her progress over time. She is the real deal. Seeing her in person was the biggest treat of the day and she looks great..
So the race started and it was pretty packed at the start. Letting my experience kick in, I just laid back waiting for things to open up, figuring after the first quarter mile it would thin out. As a result my first quarter mile was at an 8:20 pace, then it was time to go to work. I got into a groove, settled into it and just kept pounding it. It felt pretty natural. I wasn’t over extending myself at all. I felt all along that I would be able to maintain this as long as I didn’t gamble and try to get a super fast split. I was conscious of the fact that I was in the very low 7s during the first half, but I had the confidence that I would be able to run a faster 5 miles on the back half. I actually had a plan and was determined to execute. My cousin Charlie ran the first 4 with me but then he backed off to get a drink. I lost him there. He had beaten in every race since I had since my heart surgery last June. Not today Pappas Fritas..looking at my mile splits, this was exactly how I envisioned it. Out of the 10 miles only 2 were not sub 7. My fastest and slowest miles separated by 19 seconds, my 9th And 10th miles my fastest on the day, and my last 6 miles were all sub 7. Official time of 1:09:33 and a 6:58 pace. My only critique being that I didn’t practice in-race fueling. No fuel break at all for the entire run. I felt it in the last mile and wonder how much better it could have been with proper fueling. The marathon will not forgive me if I try that shit during 26.2..
After the race, since I’m supposed to do 16 miles today, I took right off from Yankee stadium, through Harlem, into central park, to times square. A long way. I was hoping to get 8, and make it 18 on the day, but it wasn’t meant to be. I think I was finished. I wound up with 17 on the day in about 2h12m. This is 10 minutes faster than my last 17 miler 2 weeks ago.
It was a great decision to skip my Thursday tempo run..thank you fellow Hanson planners who all wisely advised the same thing.
So that about wraps up my Sunday morning. All this before 11am, now it’s time for football…a great day