I'm still here. Just have been too busy running and writing (which I get paid to do, and alas, blogging does not pay me a single centavo).
I'm planning a drastic redesign to this little 'ol blog in the next few weeks, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I've been pounding the pavement. A lot. I just came back from a 16-miler on the rolling Mt. Vernon trail, which borders the Potomac. The first 10 miles I did at an average 8:57/mile pace, which is way too fast. The last six I slowed down considerably, so my avg pace for the run was 9:17/mile.
Why so fast? I think I run best in the afternoon. A few hours prior to the run, I ate a huge Quizno's honey chicken sandwich with all the fixin's, a bag of mesquite barbecue chips, a grande extra dry cinammon cappuccino from Starbucks, and a fat slice of reduced fat (but mondo caloric) cinammon coffee cake.
So I was well fueled. Usually, when I run in the early morning, I'm lucky to snarf down a frozen waffle and a cup of orange juice before heading out the door.
Unfortunately for me, no races start in the afternoon. And even with my faster pace, I will be at the back of the pack for the inaugural National Marathon. The field is open to only 3,000 runners, and to qualify, you have to have either run a previous marathon in 4:30, a half-marathon in 2:10, or a 10-miler in 1:40.
I haven't run a half or a full marathon before, so I snuck in my time from last year's Cherry Blossom 10-mile race, which I ran in 1:31:02.
Huh. I just realized that I ran the first 10 miles of my training run today at a faster pace.
Congrats: To David and Noames and Rachel for succesfully completing the Miami marathon. Can't wait to read your race reports ....