We had some big plans for Saturday night so hubs and I decided to move our long run to Saturday morning. I lined up my personal pacer Patricia and hubs decided to tag along as well. Patricia’s hubby joined us for the warm-up.
The 4 of us make a great team!
I had a 20-miler on deck with about 12 miles at MRP, which I was slightly nervous about, especially after completing pretty heavy duty workouts on Tuesday and Thursday already this week.
We talked pacing briefly before heading out into the cold and windy but sunny conditions. (It was a lot better than the last time we decided to run on a Saturday together!) We took the warm-up (11K) nice and slow and made a quick pit stop to ditch a layer, grab our water and use the washroom. Then it was time to get down to work!
The goal: 19K (11.8mi) at MRP of 5:13/KM (8:23/mi) or better. The first 15 chimed in consistently between 5:04 and 5:11, with the last 4 at 5:02, 5:01, 5:03, 4:51. Patricia did an excellent job of keeping me honest if I got carried away with the pace and we kept each other going on some long stretches into the wind. It was a solid run and I felt strong throughout – did not feel truly tired until the last couple of kilometres, where I still managed to pick it up.
I hit the 30K mark in 2:41:00, good enough for an “unofficial in the process (official PR of 2:42:33 at Around the Bay last year).
Awesome confidence-boosting run!
Saturday night involved some shenanigans for my Mom’s Birthday.