Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bergen Park Intervals

Time: 35 minutes
Distance: 4.3 miles
Effort: Hard
Body: Fair
Weather: Cold and Cloudy

After a day in front of the computer, and just before picking up the kids, I squeezed in a quick trip to Bergen Park to do a few 1.1 mile repeats on the cement and asphalt loop that encircles the park.The loop has a bunch to turns, including a sharp "S" turn in one spot, plus a couple of small hills (Garmin says five feet gain in one direction and 68 feet of gain going the reverse direction - going to have to check that again). Body wasn't as up for this as was the mind.

Did a one mile warm-up, then two miles at tempo pace around the 1.1 mile loop (6:38 and 6:52).  Average pace for the two laps was 6:01 and 6:13.  Closed it out sooner than planned with a one lap cool-down.

Should have taken it easier last night on the treadmill.  Turned today's planned "quality" run into an abbreviated struggle. Still, glad I got out. At least I have a baseline from which to build.  I imagine using this loop somewhat regularly as a fitness check. Wonder how much easier it would be to run this at a lower elevation.  We are at about 7,600 feet here.

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