Sometimes, it just works out better than you thought it would. As I mentioned in yesterday's post, today was to be my first long run since the middle of July. I set a goal yesterday of 10 miles and figured it would be a doable challenge. I woke up to a complete downpour this morning and in my head thought, "F."
As luck would have it, by the time I set out for my run this afternoon, it had dried up and was sunny. I set my watch and off I went. About 5 miles in, I realized I was feeling pretty good and set a goal based on the time I was at. I figured I could average about 8:15/mile pace and finish the 10 miles just over 1:20ish.
As I got closer to the end, I got a little more competitive each mile. I eventually realized that with a consistent effort, I would finish with a pace of under 8:00/mile. That would be seriously satisfying for my first run of any real distance in 2 months.
I finished the run at 1:18:28, good for a pace of 7:50/mile. The only time I was above 8:00/mile pace was in miles 1 and 2. The fastest mile splits I had were miles 6 and 7, which registered at 7:20/mile and 7:25/mile respectively. Also, I ran the first 5 miles in 40:27 and the second 5 miles I negative split for a 39:57 second half.
Now that the workout is over, I look ahead to a day or two of recovery and rest. On Friday, I go for my first speed session with 400-600 meter repeats. Get after it.