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Adamm9 ran: Hard to believe, but ...

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  • 10 miles
  • 01:32 time
  • 09:13 pace
  • 1689 calories
  • 0 ft climb
  • 0 max hr
  • 0 avg hr
    • Currently 4/5 Effort.
    effort 4/5
good Double Digits! 10 mi 01:32 09:13 pace

Hard to believe, but this was my first double digit run since the Vermont 50. 33F with a feels-like temperature of 25F. I found this a perfect opportunity to test my threshold for shorts. Double-layers on arms/core, hat/gloves and I was good to go.

About a mile in, a jeep slowed down next to me on the road. It was a local that I'd run on the trails with last year. He slowed down and said -

"I saw some crazy bastard out here in shorts and figured it had to be you!"

Turns out that he and his brother were headed up to Mt. Wachusett for 3-4 hours of trail running. Too bad it wasn't in the cards for me today - staying off the trails to give my ankle (rolled on the trails yesterday) a break.

Anyway, took an old base 10k loop that leads past Maple Spring Pond and then back up into the center of town, where I have several routes in my head for varying 10, 12, 14 mile distances. Since I haven't run double-digits in months, I figured it was best to stick to the 10. Had a nice descent from the center of town and then ran in the residential neighborhood for a loop and a half to close out the miles.

The ankle was stiff at first but loosened up quite nicely once I found a good rhythm. The temperature was a non-issue. Felt perfectly comfortable in shorts. As I have been doing with road runs, I listened to some music to pass the time. I found myself happily bouncing along next to the pond, which looked pretty (but bright!) with the sun shining fiercely on a thin sheet of ice.

I'm excited by this run. Double digits and I felt great throughout. Was able to maintain a consistent sub-10 pace with not-that-much effort, and in the last 4 miles, I only had one 1/2 mile split where my pace was above 9 (9:09). The last two miles were around 8:45 - which I'm really happy with, all things considered.

So yeah, great start to my day. Best of luck and congratulations to all those goofy runners doing races in Florida this weekend!

Have a great Sunday!