Difficult solo tempo effort today in the slush and cold that is the Boston Marathon Course. I am getting over a bit of a cold so I wanted something not too crazy. It was supposed to be 8 miles at 5:20 with the first four being pretty easy and the last four being really rough. I went from Hopkinton Center down to the four mile mark, turned around and went back. I was hoping to the workout this morning as soon as I woke up but the 3 inches of snow on the ground put a halt to that. I fired up the Tecumsa and got the snow out of the way and went for a 5 mile shake-out around lake boon in hopes the daytime sun would clear the roads so I could make a run at the tempo efffort. After calling my old Hopkinton training partner, he confirmed the sides of 135 were not great but certainly runable. That turned out to be a good description because the car lanes were wet but not icy, the edges were slushy with some ice in spots. It was a poor time to run though because there was a ton of traffic. A lot of running in the slush which didn't seem to matter too much on the out section but I was really spinng on the up hill coming back to Hopkinton.
Here is the data from the watch.
.12 turn around
The last mile was tough because I was tired, the sun was setting and car lights were annoying, and I spent a lot of time in the slush during that section. Not a good time but the effort was there and I maintained my Sat-Tues-Fri workout effort I wanted for the next 7 days.
Big shout out to New Balance Boston 800m flyer Jess Minty who crushed her PR at the New Balance Track and Field Center today with a 2.10.10. That is get down fast and with any luck we will have more break out performances from other NBboston mates as we start to round into winter form.
That's all I got.