Ran with Ed today and decided to run a challenging course through the hills. He measured it out last Fall at exactly 22 miles. Ed's run sub-3 Bostons several times and claims our course today has 5 to 1 hills over Boston. We started with a very steady pace, progressively picked things up w/out checking our watches, and stopped at the 12.5 mile marker to grab gatorade and a banana that we had stashed. I took my first look at my watch and asked him to guess...he was like 8 minutes off. We kept picking up speed, even through the last 5.5 miles that were through rolling hills and directly against a 10-15 mph wind. As we hit our last stretch, Ed asked the time and said if we're around 2:40, we could beat our Fall time by 10 minutes..."We're at 2:29 Ed." Needless to say, today's run was kind of like the perfect wave. Here's the breakdown...
1st 12.5 miles: 1:31:27 (7:19 pace)
- quick break for gatorade-
2nd 9.5 miles: 64:49 (6:49 pace)
Finishing time: 2:36:16 (7:06 pace)
Overall, a great confidence booster going into Boston. We both definitely had a good amount of energy still in the tank. I'm not sure how Ed does it...he's 53 and has only been logging 150-200 per/month since January.