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I held my pace back and gradual eased into what felt comfortable and hovered around a 10:00/mile for most of the run. Last month I was finally able to get Garmin to take back my 210 (which I had a million issues with) and upgraded to the new Forerunner 220. Best. Decision. Ever. It deserves a review all on its own but for now, I can finally show splits! >applause<
The new watch also provides cadence, which I'm not sure how accurate it is, but it's a good starting point to start tracking that data as well. Average cadence of 172 which I'd like to work on improving to 180 in the near future.
The run itself wasn't actually that bad and at the end I could have kept on cruising. At about mile 11 the wind picked up something fierce and with that came a temperature drop that served as great motivation to just get back to the car (and seat warmers) as soon as possible!
I finished with a time of 2:12:10. No crowd cheering. No funny signs. No cheers from the lovely volunteers at the water stations. No shiny medal at the end. Lots of boredom. Sometimes it's making the decision to just "get out there and do it" that help to improve your strength more than anything. I'll take my finish with a smile!