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Rocking the Virtual 15!

Saturday, April 04, 2020

Treating today's virtual 15K like a real race was worth it given the outcome and confidence boost from it.

I woke up early (5am!) and was out of the door, through the 1.25 mile warmup over to the Schuykill River Trail, and resetting my Apple GPS watch to time my 15K by 7:15am. Zzzz. :)

Weather was perfect - high 40s, cloudy, mild wind.

The early start meant few people (or cars!) were out - that combined with utilizing the closed MLK drive for the bulk of my "race" let me run without worrying about distancing since that happened naturally, for the most part.

And energy level was good! I've found that the best way for me personally to approach a race is to start out a bit too hard, at a pace I know I can't maintain over the entire distance, and then... surprise myself by maintaining it over the entire distance. :)

That worked for me today as well. I was fairly metronomic in my 9ish miles and, after a truly race level of effort, I finished up at 1:23:24 (8:56 pace)!!!! I could tell it was truly a race effort as the 1.25 miles back home was a struggle.

In the grand scheme of things, it's a small thing. In my own context and in this moment, it felt good. And it's always nice to get the day's workout out the way by 9am!

Hope everybody has a "win" of some kind today and I especially wish the best for those out there doing good in the pandemic.
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