What a difference a fresh set of legs make. I think I'm starting to get sick. The last time I got sick was when I stopped running for a couple of days. So I wanted to make sure I got out today and sweated it all out. My son had strep throat, and my throat is starting to get yucky. We quarantined him to his room. But I snagged a cheese puff out of the big bucket the other day which I'm sure he had his grimy little hands in.
Last week I was averaging around 8:45 which is what I want to average in my marathon. I wanted to run that today because I ran 8:07's Tuesday and then my feet started to ache. But my fresh legs didn't want to go that slow. It makes me wonder if I should go a little faster at the beginning of my marathon while I'm fresh and then fall back into an 8:45 groove. Or will the fast start kill me later?
It was really cloudy out this morning, but not at all cold, even with the breeze. On-Your-Right-Bicycle-Girl passed me again this morning, but she didn't scare me. Around mile 4.8 I started getting stomach cramps. From the sickness? I sprinted the last quarter mile and averaged 5:30. Hard to believe I could actually run faster than that for a full mile.
Time - 46:25 (avg. pace 8:19)
Splits - 8:21, 8:15, 8:23, 8:28, 8:35, 4:24 for 0.58 (7:35 avg.)