Ok, I know I am supposed to be in recovery mode but I was feeling really good today. I wanted to do 10 miles and the farther I ran the faster I went. It ended up being a progression run of sorts. Andi and I started by running around Crystal Lake near my dad's house for 2 miles (yes there really are lakes all over the place), then we looped around the parkway once for 3 more (see yesterday), she stopped there and I continued south down the bike trail for another 2.5 out and back. This is my favorite stretch of parkway and I just had to run on it while I was here. I always get going fast on this bike path and it feels effortless. The weather was still in the high 40s with sunshine, it was great. I passed a guy on a bike on some of the uphills. My splits for the run were: 8:20, 7:52, 7:58, 7:45, 7:45, 7:14, 7:11, 6:48, 6:47, 6:38.
Total time for 10 miles was 1:14:48 (avg pace 7:28).
Eight weeks until CIM, minus one week for taper, equals seven weeks for some hard training. Can I run 26.2 miles 55 minutes faster (nearly 25% faster) than I ran last weekend? It sounds a bit daunting but I think it is possible.
Tomorrow is a travel day so there won't be any running. It is supposed to be cold too with the possibility of SNOW!
Good luck again to all the guys running the Long Beach Half Marathon on Sunday, and good luck to Sergio Reyes this weekend at the Chicago Marathon. Sammy Wanjiru (the Olympic marathon gold medalist) will possibly be going for the world record in Chicago as well. Deena Kasotor will be making her marathon debut in Chicago after breaking her foot in Beijing. The World Half Marathon Championships will be in London on Sunday, and Alberto Salazar says he won't be suprised if Dathan Ritzenhein goes under 60 minutes. We should see some fast times all around the world this weekend. Looking forward to hearing about all of them.
Finally, some of you may have heard about the TWO deaths at the San Jose Rock n Roll Half Marathon last weekend. The Running Doc at Runners' World has some interesting commentary on his most recent blog post here.