I guess my race yesterday took a wee bit out of me than I thought. Today I felt it a little. Some how I managed to get my long run done at my easy pace of 10:24. I did the Norwalk Half marathon route. Two loops, the course is rather flat, with some gradual elevation on west Norwalk road. There is one monster of a hill going up nursery road taking you to the five mile mark. Going up this the first loop is not too bad its when you have to do it the 2nd time it gets you. A monster hill at the 11 mile mark not a pretty picture. I'll be running this course again in the next two weeks. This is the final race in the Norwalk Summer Series. My PR for a half was on this course in 2003 with a time of 1:51 this course gave me hope that I could break 1:50 but I never did. You would think I could do better on this course because not a week go by that I'm not on some part of the course and I have included it many times in my long runs. I've even used that monster hill to practice hill repeats at times. Over the last few years I've had nothing but declines in my time on this course. Someone at yesterdays race commented that "we will be in our territory next time time Dawn" meaning we should have a upper hand in the half because this is where we do most of our weekly mileage. I've only felt that once that was in 2003 when I did my PR. There is hope though,I haven't given up.
August 20, 2006