8:40 avg pace
First things first, let’s talk about Boston! Unbelievable, right? Desiree Davila taking second place and missing first by a mere 2 seconds. Geoffrey Mutai ran the fastest marathon ever, 2:03:02, but it won’t be considered a world record since the Boston course is point-to-point and has a net downhill elevation. So how fast was Mutai running? Oh, you know, just your normal 4:30 pace! I can’t even fathom that amount of speed for 26.2 miles! Impressive finishes all around.
Kara Goucher came in 5th place with a 1-minute PR just 6 and a half months after having a baby. Damn! Check out the Runner’s World post-race interview and video here.
Onto today’s run. I was supposed to hit the track for my last round of speed work and decided a marathon-paced run would be a better fit. I just don’t see the point of tiring out my legs with 1000m repeats. I’d rather practice my goal marathon pace (8:40); which I followed precisely 🙂
Week 15 Recap of NJ Marathon training:
MON: 7 miles easy
TUE: 5 miles speed + yoga
FRI: 5 miles tempo (fail!)
SUN: 12.5 miles (Penn Relays 20K)
Only 29.5 miles for the week. I was hoping for 32 miles but Friday’s tempo just didn’t work out as planned. The good news is my asthma is much better and I’ll still be on antibiotics for another week. Yeah, no germs can catch me!
I couldn’t believe how fast those men ran in Boston yesterday! It’s really made me want to try to even SEE the 4:40 pace number on my Garmin, even if just for an instant 🙂
I know! Watching the Boston was intense! I cannot even in my wildest dreams image running a 4:40 pace. Holy Moly!