I had a hard time rolling out of bed this morning. Jewel had gymnastics. So, I missed my opportunity to run early. After I got home from gymnastics, I really didn't want to run, esp. outside! BUT, I got my gear together. James asked, "Are you running on the treadmill?" I answered by grabbing the Garmin. Nope, It's 10:40 and 81 degrees with ridiculous humidity, but I have to git-er-done!
I had no idea if I was going to do 3 or 4 miles, but as I started running I quickly wanted to cut it back to 2! The training schedule I'm on just calls for 30 minute runs on Tuesday and Thursday (very conservative). As muggy as it was, I knew I'd be lucky to see 12 minute miles. To my surprise, mile 1 was 11:03. I stopped grabbed a quick swig of water. "Not bad," I thought, "Let's push through another .5 mile, so that the out and back will equal 3 miles." I got to 1.5 miles and decided to push another .25 mile before turning around. I figured I'd either a) stop early at the 3 mile mark or b) push through to 3.5. After pacing 10:32 on mile 2, I was feeling pretty good. Grabbed another few gulps of water, and decided to make this run a 3.1. I missed my 3.1 mark on the Garmin, stopping at 3.11. I don't remember the time on the Garmin then. (Mile 3 was 11:04) I stopped, grabbed some more water, stretched out my tight calves a little, and contemplated whether I would walk the last almost 1/2 mile to my subdivision. Alas, I decided that walking is just too damn slow! I cranked it up and took off. Last .5 mile was 10:36 pace.
3.5 miles in 37:56 (10:40 pace)
Pretty happy with this run. I need to stop stopping though! I know I wouldn't be doing this if it weren't for the heat. I can run that distance...plus some (alot more of some!)! I'm getting to a point in my training where it's time to start pushing through the uncomfortable, and in many ways (speed in the heat) I feel like I did that today. But that next thing on the list is to try to do it straight through without the stops.
Let's see how Thursday pans out....