Tonight I did my 5 miles of "Speedwork." I wasn't home until after dark anyway, but I really stalled and didn't get out the door until about 6:45.
I was supposed to: warm up for a mile, then run [1 mile @10:31, jog for 1/2 mile]x2, then a mile cool down, for a total of 5 miles.
It was 47, a little breezy, and dark. That's right, because now the sun sets at 4:45. Ughhhh. I wore my Inspire Jacket again, for visibility. Good news, it worked- no cars hit me! :)
Here were my paces:
Mile 1, the warm up: 11:41. At the .50 mark, I noticed I was at a 10:11 pace and instantly slowed down.
Mile 2: 10:18
.51 mi jog: 11:41
Next Mile: 10:20
.54 mi jog: 11:21
Mile 5, the cool down: 11:15
Last bit, .26 mi: 12:49.
Total Distance: 5.31 miles. Total Time: 58:59. Avg HR: 180, yikes! Shoulda cooled down for longer maybe.
Anyway, I was happy that I was able to run those two faster miles at the appropriate pace. Even though I ended up running up a hill for that first mile (not in my original plan) as I changed my route a mile in to avoid two scrappy little dogs that, for some reason, were off leash and circling their two owners walking them. I don't care how small the dog is, I don't want to deal with something chasing me! My choice was hill or dogs; I chose hill.
Somewhere around mile 5, I ran past a man walking his (leashed) dog who said "great job staying in shape."
Hooray! Thank you, guy-with-dog for the words of encouragement!
I feel like the bulk of my interactions while exercising outdoors have been either a honking horn or something incoherent yelled by a teenager from the passenger seat of a quickly passing car. One time while riding my bike on the road (in the narrow shoulder) some man yelled "Find a sidewalk!" Thanks dude... what happened to "Shared the Road" !?
Anyone ever hear positive things from others while they are running/biking/walking/etc?