The weather was perfect – low 50s and a light wind to start the morning. The first hour of my run was before the sun came up – the darkness and low winds were extremely calming. My plan was to maintain an 8:30-8:45 pace for the run but I was finding it difficult to not speed up early in the run. My tendency is to go out too fast (usually b/c I’m running on rested legs) and then I often pay for it later.
By the second hour, the boardwalk was quickly becoming populated. The majority of my morning runs are along the boardwalk in Midland/South Beach and into and through Fort Wadsworth, so I am pretty familiar with the early-morning walkers/runners/bikers. The nods of recognition, small hand waves, and smiles helped make the second hour go by extremely fast. It also helped distract me from the strong winds that had seemed to appear out of nowhere!