Not sure why... but I haven't run since last Wednesday. I just don't want to be confined indoors on the treadmill when it is so nice outside and I have seemingly been making all kinds of excuses or finding obstacles that consume my daylight hours.
Anyway... until school ends, I have a sitter on Wednesday afternoons so I made certain I didn't let today's run get overlooked. I headed out with the intention of doing 6 miles but felt so good as I was underway that I thought 8-10 would be in order. Perhaps I should do my long run today (the start of the week) since we have company coming this weekend and a long run may not happen?
As I hit the 2nd mile mark, I realized I was maintaining a solid tempo pace. I hoped I could keep it up but by mile 3, I was pretty uncomfortable (nature was calling). I thereby hit the lap button on the Garmin (3 miles in 25:00 = 8:20 mile pace). I took mile 4 very easy and stopped briefly at the park. I did another easy mile and resumed a tempo pace for the another 1.5 miles. I had hoped to do another full 3 mile tempo but coincidentally came to a big hill and opted to finish the last 1.5 as a cool-down. Thereby, the numbers were 2 miles at 10:21 mile pace followed by 1.5 miles at 8:20 and 1.5 cool-down miles at 15:33.
Today's total comes to 8 miles at an average 9:13 mile pace. Very good.
I also want to give a little shout out to Wes (competing in Ironman Florida this weekend), TeacherWoman (running her first half-marathon) and my girl GB (competing in the Olhone 50K) !! You are all so inspiring and I wish you each the best this coming weekend! I'll be thinking of you! :D