When I started my long run it was high 60’s, running into a light breeze and very low humidity.
Overall I was very happy with the run and my splits were:
- Shepard Road – 8:12 – close to 1.0
- Middle Road – 13:29 (5:17) – around 1.5
- Civic Center Drive – 51:22 (37:53) – close to 6.0
- Leighton Road – 59:16 (7:53) – around 7.0
- Bond Brook Road – 1:09:28 (10:11) – over 8.0
- Mt. Vernon Ave – 1:19:46 (10:18) – over 9.0
- College Carryout – 1:24:24 (4:37) – just under 10.0
- Rail Trail Mile Marker .25 – 1:35:25 (11:00) – around 11.1
- Rail Trail Mile Marker 1.25 – 1:43:57 (8:32) – pretty close to 12.1
- Finish back at Mile Marker .25 – 1:52:05 (8:07) – 13.1
I was a little slow coming off Middle Road, but traffic was pretty tough there and on Bond Brook Rod and I spend a lot of time on the shoulders or in the ditch, which slowed me down quite a bit.Although I was very happy with my final mile of 8:07 for the last mile.
I hate the blind curves on Bond Brook during that last 1/2 mile.
By the time I finished, it had gotten a lot hotter, the car thermometer read 84 when the wife picked me up, so it got pretty hot in a hurry, but still I am 4-5 minutes slower than I was a couple of months ago and I haven’t figured out why yet.
I have a couple of theories though:
- My Sonics running shoes are a little heavier with a higher drop, than the Nike Free 4.0 v2 were. Maybe I was just a little more efficient in those shoes?
- The times that I ran in the high 1:40’s earlier this year, the wind was at my back most of the way?
- Maybe my legs are tired – they have been injured a little during the past month and that might have taken some of the snap out of them.?
Who knows maybe on my next long run I will try my old Nike Free’s and see if they do make a difference in my times. If they do, it will give me some answers and make me think about what I am doing shoe-wise.
Although my current Sonics provide more cushioning and I don’t feel as beat up after a run, they just don’t seem as fast as other shoes that I have run in this year. I guess I have to make a choice between running faster or running with less pain. I think I will go with the less pain and save the hurting for races, not training runs.