After feeling so good after Thursday nights 5 mile run, I decided to take a crack at 10K on Sunday morning. This was the first time I had run on the streets around town in over a month and I must admit, it felt good to be back on the street running. I kept telling myself, "nice and easy" is what we want, since this was only the second run since my groin injury 3 weeks ago. I started out and like Thursday night, things were tight for the first mile or so. Things loosened up and I fell into the familiar grove of running. I looked down at my garmin and it said I was running a 9:03 pace. Whoa!!! I slowed to a walk...that was way too fast. I started running and settled into a slower pace. Miles 4, 5, 6 were 10:36, 10:52 and 10:14, better but not ideal. I finished 10K in 1:02:22 (10:03 pace), I was shooting for an average between 11:00 and 12:00 minutes per mile.
On the positive side...I felt really good afterward. I did a bit of stretching, used my "Stick" and the all to familiar...icing my groin. I am starting to feel a bit more positive on my chances of running the LA Marathon. I will run the SRLA Friendship 18 miler on February 21 and the Firecracker 10K on February 28. Somewhere/somehow, I am going to have to get at least one 20 mile run in before tapering for the marathon.
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