My son had a school assignment recently about what would he do if he were Mayor of Glen Rock. He came up with a few things that I don't really remember right now but I know what I'd like to do if I were Mayor: I'd put timing mats every mile in town with water stations filled with cheerleaders. It seems I can only excel in running while wearing a timing chip.
Let me explain: Each week I run anywhere from 2-4 times and every time out I average around a 12:00/mile (it's closer to 13:00/mile but who's really counting!). My legs always hurt, lungs huffing - it's always a struggle. I have an enormously difficult time going anywhere over 5 miles - last week I did 6 and walked 4.5 of those miles. It wasn't pretty but when I go to an organized race - I seem to be able to hold my own.
Last weekend I ran in the NYRR GridIron 4 Miler in Central Park and this was my race:
Avg Moving Pace: 10:15 min/mi
Throughout the entire race I felt great! Kept pushing and pushing myself yet in training, on the street, everyday that doesn't seem to happen. Soooo perhaps if everyday was race day I'd be able to keep a great run pace....think that's possible??