Running has been going really well lately. I’ve been been pretty speedy, but fast has felt easier. It’s felt really good to get out there.
So, of course, it was time for a not so pleasant run. This morning was perfect running weather. About 55 degrees and sunny. I hit the road around 7:30am (which may have been part of the problem since I don’t usually get up early to run). The plan was a 6 or so mile tempo run with the fast part at about an 8:40 pace. I did a mile warmup at a 9:21 pace and it felt like I was running at a much faster pace. Not a good sign.
I managed to push myself and finished the next four miles in 8:42, 8:33, 8:29, and 8:25. Then I did a cool down mile around 9:30. On paper, that looks like a great run. In reality, it was really really hard for me to maintain those paces and I was DONE at 6 miles. I actually walked a half mile home because I was too tired to even jog it. On the bright side, the tempo part is usually only 3 miles and I did manage to do four at tempo pace, so in the grand scheme of things, I think this run will help my speed.
And I prepared so well last night by drinking two Kona Porters.