Remember the other day when I said I planned to run the Birch Bay 30K at an easy pace, 9:30-10 minutes per mile, maybe even slower?
Well...I'll admit now that immediately after I wrote that I started to idly wonder whether I might go just a bit faster, dabble in marathon pace perhaps. As long as it felt relatively comfortable to do so, of course.
And that's exactly what happened. After my first mile was pretty easy at about 9:06, I kind of just kept it up. Actually my splits ranged between 8:45 or so and around 9:15. I will write in more detail (excessively so, no doubt) in my race recap soon.
In short, my final (chip) time for 30K was 2:50:21. Officially that was a 9:09 average pace. My actual distance was 18.82 miles (about .2 mile more than 30K), and my actual average pace for that distance was 9:03. Yowza!
Oh, and I never stopped for the bathroom. I would have if I'd REALLY needed to, but the urge was only mild so I resisted. (In a "normal" long run I would have stopped.) So another successful training step, getting through almost 19 miles without a bathroom stop! (On the road to a potty-free marathon....)
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