Wow! What a great day! Not the weather, but my legs felt great. The sky was overcast and threatening rain, which never came, and cool. Today was our longest training distance, and I walked it at my fastest pace yet! 11.6 miles in 2Hr 44Min, which is an average pace of 14:05 minutes a mile. At that pace, I would finish the half marathon in 3Hr 5Min – much faster than my goal of 3Hr 30Min. I guess I need to revise my goal 😉
Five weeks before the “race” on April 30 and I’m getting pumped. Today’s course was great – a few hills (1 long one) but mostly relatively flat. Much of the route was along the Harpeth River and through Crockett Park on wide paved “trails.” Each week, Team Rio provides a written description of the course, which was advertised as 11 miles today. At 5.75 miles, according to my trusty Garmin GPS, I was still not at the turn-around point.
So either I had gotten off course or the written map was wrong. I was meeting Mom at the bank at 10:45am, so I decided to turn around and head back to the starting point. It turns out that the route was actually 12 miles, not 11. A typo I guess. Either way, this was my longest walk and I felt damn good about it.