Distance: 17.96 km
This morning I headed into Brookline to meet up with a crew of BAA members. I arrived to find roughly 50 individuals standing around in the parking lot ready to run. It felt colder than the 34 the car thermometer stated. I couldn't complain too much as others were in shorts and lightweight pullovers.
I wasn't sure how far I was going to run, but I opted to head off with Brian Harvey, Tim Ritchie, Ian Nurse and Eric Ashe. Given my current fitness, I was hesitant to commit to the full run and just wanted to see how I would handle a quicker long run pace. We dipped under 4:00/km by the fourth kilometer and gradually got faster. It has been many months since starting a run at the pace, but I was relatively relaxed until decided to pull off around the 8-9 km mark with Eric.
We headed back along the Boston Marathon course up the Newton Hills. The pace fluctuated given the terrain and I found myself having a solid run. It would have been nice to run longer and go with the top guys, but given my recent training, I'll take it.