Good morning, TEAM LIT!
Saturday: Black Panther (Cat) 26.2, 3:06, marathon #84, marathon-a-month #18. Race was officially the Black Cat 20, but I crafted my own marathon-distanced race (and made up my own name for it!) by doubling up on a certain section of the course for an extra 6.2 so that the time on the clock when I finished would be my marathon time. Wasn't racing and had no intentions of doing so, but I did want to get to marathon effort at some point, so I ran easy and very socially for the first 5 miles, which I covered in 38:30, then settled into near marathon pace. I never looked at my watch, so I ran only by feel, and I felt as if I were a touch off of true marathon pace, and in hindsight, after looking at time and splits, I was, probably running 7:00 the rest of the way. Had I finished the race instead of doubling up for extra distance, I would have come in as 2nd place Master runner, and I knew this, as I was running in about Top 20 to 25 even though it was not race pace for 20 miles. Still, with little glory in this race (it's a training run for most), I was set on notching a marathon, and that's what I did. Held on pretty strongly throughout, which was really nice considering I'm just two weeks clear of an injury that robbed me of any speed for 2.5 months.
Sunday: 2.5 mile easy recovery run.
Monday: 4 mile easy run. Legs felt very good after 10 minutes.
All in all, this was a very good weekend for me, running 26.2 so strongly even though I was a touch off of true marathon pace, mainly because my goals this spring and summer do not have me racing any marathons but rather getting comfortable in running long. Boston Double is very much on at this point.
Good day, friends!