Today I was to do a "pace run" -- running 4 to 5 miles at my target pace for my marathon. I ran from the office to home -- which is generally downhill, but a bit uphill at the end. I was targeting 4:48 per mile which should allow me to finish the marathon in 3 hours 24 minutes and 36 seconds, which would be a personal best and allow me to go to Boston in the second last wave of registrants. Here were my splits:
7:18 (0.43 miles)
The average pace was 7:40 per mile. I'm pretty happy with this. It was sunny but roughly 21 degrees in the shade -- so easy enough for me to overheat (probably 25 degrees in the sunlight). Anyhow, I'll take it. I'm feeling fairly strong these days.