Monday, September 6, 2010

Run into Buffalo 15K

Race Day! Goal today, 7:20 pace. 3@7:25 , 3 @ 7:20, 3.3 @ 7:15. Weather was decent.

Miles 1-3 (7:25): 7:21, 7:21, 7:24. Felt really good at the beginning. I held myself back quite a bit. I had a little incident at the water stop right before the end of mile 3. A girl sprinted past me and then decided to just stop and take water. I just about slammed into to her and then she sprinted past me again. I made sure to tell her that was not cool. I think she got it.

Miles 4-6 (7:20): 7:24, 7:13, 7:23. Little trouble holding an even pace due mostly to those pesky little bumps on Delaware Ave and Chapin Pkwy. Also, turned into the wind, that was annoying.

Mile 7-9.3 (7:15): 7:32, 7:11, 7:14, 2:14 (6:16 pace): Mile 7 was that little upgrade again and against the wind on Delaware. 8-9, mostly downhill and I used my little "pick off one at a time" strategy to keep my feet turning over and my mind occupied. I "sprinted" the last .3.

Mileage: 9.36
Time/Pace: 1:08:20/7:18
Elevation Gain: 155ft
Avg HR: 165
T/W: 65/cloudy, wind

6 days to Marathon, maybe will run a few miles mid-week to keep legs moving.


  1. Absolutely fantastic time! More evidence that you are ready for a sub-4 marathon. In college, the differential between my best 10k (about 5:13/mile) and best marathon (2:41, or 6:10 per mile) was less than a minute per mile, and I wasn't really a good long distance runner (was better at track. If you add a minute to your 15K pace, you would be at 8:18 per mile for a marathon. Allow 30 seconds for weather, hills, or other unexpected stuff, and you're still at 8:48 per mile.

  2. Thanks! I've been really debating with myself this week on what I should shoot for. I'll probably change my mind dozens of times before and during the race. I'd love to hit a sub-4, hope that isn't being too greedy, but I feel great right now.