This morning while Jen was recovering from yesterday’s wisdom teeth removal surgery, I ran my longest run to date: nearly 9 miles (8.78, to be precise). It took 1 hour, 10 minutes, and 36 seconds, so my pace was 8:02 per mile (I’m closing in on the 7s!).
The temperature at that hour in Albany this morning was a whopping 12 degrees. I felt great afterward and I still feel really good this afternoon. And I was done shortly after 8am this morning. I’m usually an afternoon runner — it’s warmer, I’m more awake –so it was a different experience running so early.
The run was part of the weekly Team in Training run. It was my first TnT run since the kick-off run with Alex a few weeks ago, and my first team run following my official TnT registration this week for the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon.
If you haven’t already done so, you can see the stats on my run this morning right here on the Nike+ site. You can even mouse over each of those little dots you’ll see — which correspond to all the times I asked my Nano for a status — to see what my distance and pace were at that moment. My best pace this morning was the home stretch, when I picked it up to run a 7:37 pace.
Oh yeah, and not that it was a race, but I finished 1st among those of us who did 4 laps around the State Office Campus in Albany. So that was a pretty awesome feeling.
Miles this week: 23 (rounded up) since Monday.
Next up: The milestone double-digit 10-mile run!