Sunday, November 28, 2010

Solid Run in Central Park

I had a great run this morning in Central Park. The 40 degrees and sunny temps made this ideal running weather. I mostly had the park to myself this morning! Is everyone still away?

I am racing a 10K in 7 days in Central Park, so this morning's 10 miler in Central Park was the last long run leading up the race, and also more course recon. I have ran around that park so many times, but I rarely visit the top of the park where the good hills are. It is always a good reminder how that one hill going counter clockwise up towards Harlem can really bite you. I did the top loop 3 times to reacquaint myself with that hill. I felt the best and fastest towards the top, so the amount of running that I have put in over the past 5-6 weeks is really starting to pay off. I am feeling more and more myself again!

Here is this morning's run:

I was proud of my splits. I stayed pretty consistent.
10 miles in 1:20:00 (flat!) for an 8:00 min/mile pace:
Mile 1: 7:59
Mile 2: 8:06
Mile 3: 8:05
Mile 4: 7:59
Mile 5: 7:53
Mile 6: 7:54
Mile 7: 8:19
Mile 8: 7:59
Mile 9: 7:44
Mile 10: 8:01

My current stand alone 10K PR is 47:22 for a 7:38 pace that I set just over a year ago. I think with the "Herd" effect from these Central Park NYRR races, that I am hoping to set a new PR next Sunday.

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and you were able to get outside for a Turkey Trot or long run to burn off those excess calories!


  1. I LOVE running in C.P.! And yes, that hill's a bear. Years ago I did a 100k inline skate race there...that's 10 times up that stupid hill. Ouch!

    Good luck next weekend!

  2. Great run!! It says you were cycling! Good Luck next weekend!

  3. Central Park is a great great place to run. Hills, flats, long and views. Great job.

    I met a guy today at breakfast who worked down on 50th and Lexington and just moved to Dallas. We talked about Smith & Wolly's right there.

    Hope the temps stay great for you for a long time up there.

  4. Nice job on your run! I tackled some hills on my run this weekend too!

  5. Great run, sounds like an awesome time!

  6. Awesome run! You totally have a PR in you! :)

  7. Nice pace Jon! No doubt a new PR is on your future. You weather is better than ours right now? WTH?

  8. Hi little bro,
    Wow, you ran 10 miles in Central Park and basically had the entire park to yourself! Lucky you:) Nice job on the run with great splits! I bet that you PR at your upcoming 10 K...good luck to you!

  9. Wow, nice splits on tough hills - you're definitely on your way to a PR!

  10. JEALOUS you get to run in CP! Already missing my Dec. NY trip

    Nice Run!


  11. Holy cow! We so should have run together!

    I was inspired by your FB post about your run and ended up doing 10 miles of my own on Saturday morning. And get this. 1:20:00 flat!

    Great run and thanks for the inspiration.

  12. Nice run!! I wish I can run that fast, one year, maybe

  13. I didn't get a phone call!! Good thing too, I wouldn't have been able to keep up. If you run it clockwise there are two hills!!!


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