Now the weather has gotten cooler, I figured it would be time to go out for a timed run with a watch. It has been so long, since I have run with a watch, that I almost forgot how to use it. I said to myself, I will make it to my first checkpoint and if the time is under 5:30, I will continue on with the watch.
I made it and the time was 5:10. I said to myself, "game on" and I picked up the pace. I hit the first mile marker in 7:30 and then flew up the hill. I made it the farthest ever in 10 minutes and kept going. I reached two miles in 15:35 and kept on going.
I have been trying to reach 20:00 for the halfway point of the route since I have been doing this route. I made it in exactly 20:00. By this time, I am feeling good. To keep up this insane pace, it is more mental that physical. At 30:00 minutes, I knew it was going to be close. My goal for this route is under 40:00.
I reached my starting point at exactly 40:00. This was impressive in itself, that I had the same time for these splits. This means I kept up the same pace the entire time. I had about 0.2 miles left. I continued on and finished in 41:21. A new personal record.
I felt great and still do.