Today, I ran the track of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The race wasn’t actually being run at the time I was there, but I could hear pre-race interviews on the loudspeaker as I approached the track. I ran right up to turn 9, but there were no cameras rolling, so I will not be appearing on Sportscenter tonight. I ended up watching the race on ESPN as I rested in bed this afternoon. I’m not a huge motor sports fan, but it was a pretty good race. It rained during the first few laps, so there was quite a bit of strategy that went into the selection of tires throughout the race. It was a little freaky to see these cars flying along my normal running route, covering a distance that takes me 16 minutes to run in a mere 1 minute, 16 seconds.
As for my run, it went pretty well. It was slow and steady at right around 10:00 minutes per mile. My legs are a little sore, but it’s comforting to know that I only need to run 2 miles tomorrow and I’ll be tapering down to my race on Saturday. I’m a little nervous about it right now. I think I’ve put a lot of pressure on myself to break 20 minutes. I need to relax a little.
1 mile warmup
90 minutes (9.06 miles) at 9:56 pace
1 mile cool down