Race: Casey's (World Famous - in Somerville) Thursday Night Run
Location: East Somerville, MA
Distance: 4.06 Miles
Goal Time: 25:37
Actual Time: 26:10
As I charged up the hill in the first mile, Bradley and a new guy followed me up. Bradley commented: "This is an interesting taper tactic."
From June 2010 until January of this year, my record had held at 27:42. Several times since then I had came close to the record. I ran anywhere from 27:45 (ugh) to 28:10 in my attempts to break it. This January I went for it and finally smashed that June 2010 time by nearly 30 seconds with a 27:19.
That record stood for a mere month however. On February 9th I beat that record by almost a minute and a half.
Since then I haven't made a real run at it. Well, I figured with 10 days left to go before my marathon was the perfect time to go after my Casey's (World Famous - in Somerville) Thursday Night Run Personal Record.
The first mile (up and over Winter Hill) I put in about 5 seconds faster than I wanted - 6:55. Bradley, John W., and new guy were still together here. The second mile was a good strong 6:10. New guy was now getting comfortable (and probably antsy since he was pretty quick). At around 2.5, Bradley and I gave him directions and he was gone disappearing into the darkness on Lowell Street.
I kept up with Bradley up until the two hills on Lowell. Here I tried to push myself through and knew I would have the downhill to catch him. I slowly was pulling Bradley back and well on my way with a chance to beat 25:44.
Then: BOOM! Goes the Dynamite! I got caught at the very last red light! Now with a quarter mile to finish in 40 seconds - I jogged it in for my SECOND fastest Casey's.
Bradley pulled off a PR (~25:45) - so some good came of the run.