Tonight was a speed session. I have been getting ready mentally for a few days since I checked the weather forecast and saw that the heat finally was going to break and the temperature was going to be in the low 70’s.. I decided to take my watch and do a timed run tonight,
Before I went out, I debated on whether to take music with me. The last time I took music, I got bored with it and turned off the IPOD in the middle of the run. This was a great decision on my part.
The run started off great. I was flying. I made it to the first turn in 1:15. I made it up the first hill in 5:15 and reached the mile market in 7:30. It felt great. I continued onto the next hill and reached the top in 9:30. I got to the 2 mile mark in 15:45.
These were all new personal bests. I thought to myself, this could be it. Can I finish this run in under 40 minutes? It was going to be close. I knew to have a chance, I would have to make it to my turn around spot in 20 minutes. The 20 minute mark came and went but this time, it was outside of the tunnel. I made it to the turn around point in 20:30.
I kept on pushing. I was confident I would not run out of gas. I have been incorporating some longer runs of 6 and 7 miles the past few months. It has paid off. When I reach the approximate 4 mile mark in 33:30, I knew I was not going to break 40, but I would have a personal best. I made it to the top of the last hill in 39:45 and made the last turn to finish strong. When I took my step at the end of the run and pressed stop on my watch, it read 42:39.
This was about 2 minutes faster than my last timed run. I have 2:39 left to go. Now that the weather is cooler, I am confident I will break this soon.