4 weeks til Boston, we’re tapering
A great weekend at the Syracuse Half Marathon, very happy with the race performance, was just right - not too slow and not too fast for this point in the prep for Boston. Did not rest up for it, using it as a fast tempo run with a steady pace, simulating the middle to latter half of a marathon, and it went as I had hoped. The results: 1:17:56, 5:57 mile pace, 17th overall, 1st Master finisher, 5k @ 18:50, 10k @ 36:54, 15k @ 54:46. The pace was pretty even the entire way, around 6 minute/mile pace, passed a dozen runners along the way. Didn’t feel sharp, some lack of leg turnover due to fatigue from past week, but made up for it with strength. Finished strong and felt in control through the finish line.
The training’s progressing according to plan, and with additional taper and some more speed work, should put myself in good position at the start in Hopkington.
Must make a plug for my girlfriend, Kim, who, after a 5 year break from racing, killed it with a 1:57 at this her comeback debut! I think was more nervous and excited about it than she was…