So much to say today. Where to start? Well, I wasn't feeling great last week, but I should've run Saturday. I used the excuse that my wife was in Mexico with my sister. I wanted to do either a fast 3.1 miles or a trial run of 6.2 miles for this Saturday's 10k. So I decided to do the trial run today. I want to run a sub 50 Saturday. I set my Garmin to alert me at each kilometer and at 5 minute intervals. For the first three or four kilometers I was under the pace I needed to be at. Then it started to creep a little over. I could feel that I had slowed down a little, but not too bad. Over all I felt pretty steady. I finished in 50:22. Am I confident that I will be able to break 50 Saturday? One thing worries me. Today's run was mostly on sidewalk. I run a lot faster on sidewalk than anything else. London's Run will be mostly on dirt farm roads. I'll just have to push myslef a little harder. I need to go about 4 seconds faster per mile to break the 50 barrier.
Side note: Have you ever watched the hit situational comedy The Office? There was one episode where they had an office 5k. Andrew Bernard had problems with nipple bleeding. That is totally me. Now what is the measure of a true friend? Someone who is not a true friend would just say, "that's gross, dude. I'm glad that doesn't happen to me." A true friend will tell you, "Hey, you know what? If you wear Body Armor, that won't happen." Luckily I have a true friend that turned me on to Body Armor. I bear my testimony that it works. But today I had a bit of a problem with it. I guess I didn't tuck it into my shorts good enough this morning. For the first bit, it kept riding up on me. I also think it has to do with my shrinking gut. It used to just grab on to my underbelly and stay. Now (look at the weight loss since Jan. 1st) there's less to grab on to. I finally got it tucked in good enough to stay.
Time: 50:22 (avg. pace - 8:07 min./mi.)
Splits: 7:49, 7:59, 8:03, 8:18, 8:27, 8:04 1:41 (8:25)
Finish time: 7:30 am