I've tried to continue keeping my speed up while building miles. Last week my "main" speed session was a 37 minute 6 mile tempo run averaging 6:15/mile overall. Not too shabby.
If you are a data geek like me (I think most runners are?) you're going to love the link that my buddy Chad recently sent over. Somehow the guy tapped into RunKeepers source data and mapped out ALL the runs for a handful of cities. You can check them out here. The list of cities that he mapped was somewhat random, but I included the picture for New York City below.
A few things surprised me and made me slightly question his data set.
- First, there isn't much running in central park which is in the upper right hand corner of the pic. That doesn't seem right at all....but maybe people don't like dodging tourists and horse poop while they run?
- Second, it seems that all of the running is along the greenbelt path in southern Manhattan or in the financial district. Hmmm.... Nothing says "fun run" than dodging people eyeballs deep in their blackberry! (Just kidding, people don't use blackberries anymore)
- Finally, one cool thing is that you can totally see the NYC Marathon course starting from Staten Island in the lower left curve up and around - ultimately landing into central park at the finish line.
Check out the website - do they make sense based on where you run/live?
New York City's running routes