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Virtual Racing! (Virtually Racing?)

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Today would have been the Love Run Half Marathon in Philly. I knew I wanted to run today and didn't have a concrete plan in place so, despite having done 10 miles on Friday (NOT something I would normally do before a race), I thought maybe I could at least run 13.1 miles even if I didn't race it.

Then I decided to add a mile of warmup & cooldown to make it 15 miles and let me pick up the pace a bit after warming up just in case I decided I wanted to race.

It was PERFECT running weather - high 40s (46-48), low wind, and cloudy the whole time I was out. I used a road that Philly's mayor closed to traffic for the bulk of the run since it allows all kinds of room for physical distancing (yay), allowing me to keep the pace up without too much concern for dodging around people.

And I DID race... boy did I! OK, I raced the first 15K (funny since *next* weekend would have been the Hot Chocolate 15K), kept the pace up to finish out the first 10 miles hard, then slowed down and just tried to hold on for the last 3.1. I ended up doing a 1:28:10 15K (9:26 pace - faster than last year's 15K!!!), and held onto a 9:33ish pace for the full half marathon (2:05:18). WOW. Even allowing for the fact that GPS never matches true race distance, I feel comfortable that I could have completed a "real" half marathon at 9:45, definitely sub 10:00, which is my ideal goal for a half marathon currently.

It definitely left me feeling good about current fitness level, goals, plans, and ready to go when things are "open" again.

And it was definitely a good day to come home to a #hotshower. Our heat/hot water are actually still flaky (and we'll likely need to replace the main unit at some point) but, for now, M is able to get it working again by "messing with it" whenever it goes wonky (thank goodness he's the curious sort who has to know how everything works and watched/interrogate the service guy when he was here looking at it originally).

All in all it was a #gooddaytorun. I hope everybody out there finds some time for themselves today to do what they want and bring some peace and/or enjoyment to their lives.

Now I'm just relaxing by the window and looking forward to the remaining "quiet Sunday."

I in no way mind having missed the actual race today, I just hate that it had to be this way.
Positive thoughts to all who need them today - and my gratitude to all of those to whom I owe it.
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