MCM 2019/T-Minus 59: RUN!

I heard the split at Mile 1 past the Bay Montessori School: 10:58.

Good luck with negative splits at that pace.

Normally the first short run is meant to get you back into running after a two-day layoff. Today however, I just went out to see how fast I could go. I guess I was somewhat motivated that I was five minutes late for the run (0450 step-off time) and I wanted to get back to the apartment about 0600-ish.

It was dark out this morning and the last quarter moon was under significant cloud cover. It was a cool morning out, although I guessed that the early morning sunrises were a thing of the past so close to autumn. Looking at my MapMyRun app, I was pretty consistent on my mile splits, which was good considering the climbs at Mile 2 and Mile 5, going up towards HWY-5 north going out and back up Willow Road coming back home.

My overall pace today was 11:11, but can I really keep up that pace over 18 miles (this weekend), let alone 26 (Marine Corps Marathon)? This is the last month I will have to really work on setting a decent early pace in the early third, then pushing the pace over the final two-thirds. I need to start checking my splits for last year’s long runs and the last few MCMs as well.

I also need to start thinking about getting some stuff to keep my legs from cramping near the Mile 16 markers; I ran out of the Kramp Krusher gels a few weeks ago, and now I have to find out how to order some more. I also need to get some anti-chafing spray since the new Body Glide sport sticks are HALF the size they used to be, and at the same price (wait, what?).

Also may need to lay off the speed…have to watch the legs…

Tomorrow, it’s 3 x 0.8 mi. intervals and another session at the Apex Clubhouse gym. I kind of like having the workout done before the day starts, gives me more time to get stuff done at home after work…I guess.

Song of the Day: Renaissance/”Widdicombe Fair”

Long story short: Former Yardbirds vocalist Keith Relf formed the band with his sister Jane and fellow Yardbird and drummer Jim McCarty. Experimenting with a more classical and progressive style of rock n’ roll, Keith, Jim and Jane stayed with the band from 1969through spring of 1970; however after they left, the band survived and reformed several times. This song is from a “transitional line-up” and is a cover of a traditional English folk song. Long-time and current guitarist Michale Dunford’s solo puts a nice bluesy spin on the folk song, with vocalist Terry Crowe putting a good howl on the lyrics. If I ran with a headphones and a music player, this would be a good song to hit the downhills or a long gradual upward slope (last 6 miles of Indian Head Trail?)

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