Yesterday I finished work at 2pm and since it was Tuesday (aka track day), I did not have to pick up Max – so I scheduled my long run for Tuesday afternoon. Of course, I neglected to charge my Garmin and it was dead when I got home, so I had to grab my iPhone and use my Nike+ running app. The Nike App does work well, but I am fond of bringing my iPhone on a run. At least with it being cold, I was wearing my running jacket and had pockets. I had no real plans for a route and just planned on running where ever it wasn’t too icy.
The first part of the run was the usual run around the condo complex and head towards the bus station. When I got to the bus station, the roads were fairly clear so I kept going and ran past the mall and onto Orleans’ main road. There was a couple of big puddles, but nothing too severe. After running for a bit on the main road, I turned and went down another main road that connects to the area I am from. Side note: there are two parts to Orleans, below the highway and above the highway – there are only a few roads that connect and bring you over the highway . This road was really bad for puddles and I had to walk several times. I had another turn and was in my usual running area but was only at 5KM at this point, so I had to run on those random side roads again. Soon enough I had 3K to go, so it was time to head back home.
Because I wasn’t wearing my watch, I was not able to check my pace while running. The Nike lady did tell me what each KM was and total running time. I was running fairly comfortably at a 6:15-6:40 pace (depending on how much crappy sidewalk I encountered). When I had 3K to go, I knew that if I kept up the pace I would beat my Ottawa Race Weekend 10K time, which would set a new PB. At 1K to go, I knew I had oodles of time to get a PB in and boom, at 10K, I stopped the clock at 1:02:53 which is a 5 minute PB.
I felt very comfortable during this run. The Nike app doesn’t tell me my splits (at least not that I can see), but it does show a map of your speed. Other than the one really bad spot, I was very steady, holding at a 6:17 pace. I had one KM (which had to be KM 5) that went slightly over 7:00 and one KM (the last) at 5:52. The rest were all hovering around 6:20. I think a sub-60 10K is definitely in my reach.
Now to plan next week’s long run!
Have a great day – it is supposed to snow/rain/sleet/tornado (ok no tornado) this afternoon – yay?