Saturday it was about 59 and overcast/windy. Hooray for running shorts weather! My legs are in need of some sun or some bronzer/self-tanning lotion.
It was supposed to be a 5 mile pace run. I planned to warm up, run 5 miles @ half pace (10:23-10:42), then cool down. Except about .15 miles in, I realized I was flying at a 9:19 pace (what!?!?!) so I stopped and walked for a minute to reset myself then began running at what I thought was an EASIER pace. That first mile ended up at a 10:37 pace. So my warm up mile was...still within my goal pace range.
Here are all my times:
I was feeling pretty good at the end of the 5th mile and I guess as I had just run uphill and the ground was now relatively flat, I ran at a faster pace. I decided to see if I could keep it up for a whole mile on not-fresh legs, and I could! I then tried to slow down a bit as I headed home, but still had a pretty good pace for the last .76 miles...then I walked for about a minute the rest of the way to my apartment.
I tried to be sure to include some hills along my route to be at least a little like my April half marathon course.
This morning we got pastries from the local bakery for breakfast:
The one on the left is half of a raspberry currant croissant, the one on the right is half of an almond pastry covered in confectioner's sugar. They are both delicious. And I think our favorite two pasty offerings from the bakery.
I would LOVE to go for my long easy run today, but it's been raining since the wee hours of the morning. It is raining buckets.
Thanks to those who weighed in regarding my race schedule question Friday night. I think I have decided to sign up for the other half at the end of May. Why not!? It will be a bigger race than my April half, with more runners and more spectators, and a flatter course.