Sun, 18 Mar 2007

2007 March Madness Half Marathon in Cary

Ran the annual March Madness Half Marathon in Cary, IL, today. Really nice morning with temperatures just above freezing, but gloriously sunny and no winds which made for excellent running conditions.

As I somehow managed to leave my Garmin GPS at home, I had to run with little information about pacing and relative speed -- all I got were times announced at about two thirds of the mile markers. So I ended going out somewhat fast, and then working hard not to completely crumble. The end result was rather nice: 1:31:30.4 -- or a pace of 6:59.11 per mile -- and over a minute faster than my previous PR at this distance from last summer, and over four minutes faster than last year's March Madness. Needless to say, I am tired now :)

But I guess it shows that the ongoing training for Boston in four weeks is doing some good. Kudos to Greg for a nice training schedule.

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