The first Nielson Challenge of this year. It was cold, as might be expected; and it seemed like such a long time since December’s.
This Nielson Challenge kicks off my running schedule for 2019. I’ve been lazy too long, I think: I definitely felt it this morning. And my pacing problem plagues me still… I started out too quickly, as is my wont.
Bring on the new year!
10:36 avg. pace
And year review.
It was cold today, on the first of December for the final Nielson Challenge of 2018. It wasn’t too bad when I left my place, but down at the park it was chilly. Fortunately, the sun came out and tried to warm up the race.
I set out pretty quickly, and then started doubting myself a little bit. I’ve mentioned before that I think I start too fast. But I tried to keep my pace steady, and I banged in a decent time: It’s my third sub-20 in a row. Go me.
This year, I’ve spent 4:09:43.43 (h:m:s.hh) running Nielson Challenges. Last year’s total was 4:16:06.2 (h:m:s.hh)… so there’s been an overall improvement I can point to.
9:51 avg. pace
It’s that time of year: take my jacket? Run with gloves? Do I need my hat? Shorts or pants? Oh, the first world problems we have, right?
I set out at a pretty quick pace (for me), and tried to keep that up; but it’s difficult to run in the cold. I finished with a sub-20-minute run time (just), so I’m pleased with it. It’s the second month in a row that I’ve been under 20 minutes.
9:40 avg pace (<- ! whoa!)
Today marks two years since I started running. Sort of — I count the first Nielson Challenge I did as the point where I “started running”. October of 2016. My time that day was 22:35.266. So far, the slowest I’ve ever done it was in January of 2017; that time was 25:37.775. The fastest time I’ve put in was last Octobers: 18:58.89
Today’s run was cold when the breeze was going; and it looks like the sun is making an effort to come out. Today’s run was awesome, I kept up a sub-10-minute pace for both miles of the course.
I’ll update the post with my official results for today once they’re posted.
Today’s Stats (TomTom):
9:45 avg. pace
Today’s Stats (official):
The weekend of the 10K is here, and with it comes September’s Nielson Challenge. I wasn’t sure how to tackle today’s run… I’ve been running really consistent Nielson Challenge times this year, and I think that’s a win by itself; but I also didn’t want to go all out and be too sore for Monday.
As it happens, I just cruised at what felt comfortable, and it turns out I banged in a time that was under half a second slower than last month’s time. How cool is that? I also picked up my bib and shirt for Monday’s 10K. I’m stoked!
10:28 avg. pace
August hasn’t started off the way I’d wanted it to. We’ve had some family issues come up that have kept me from starting off as I’d’ve liked. But things, I think, are settling down. September’s runs are going to be here before I know it.
I haven’t run since Monday, and I wasn’t sure how I was going to fare during today’s Nielson Challenge. I didn’t check my pace at all during the first mile, and I felt I was doing pretty well; until I got back to the start/finish/1-mile point and saw the gun time was over 10 minutes already. (I felt I was in the 9s somewhere).
As it turns out, I didn’t do too poorly overall, though it was a slower run than last month’s — I almost eked out another 20-something-minute run.
10:26 avg. pace
We’ve been moving this week, and I haven’t run since Monday’s shameful shuffle (Wow, was really this week’s Monday? It seems like ages ago). I didn’t have any expectations for this run — my legs were tired from many many trips up and down the stairs, I’m off my schedule, my back is sore.
And I ran the fastest Nielson Challenge of the year (by 14.84 seconds). Go figure.
Whatever the reason, I’ll take it.
10:00 avg min/mile