As I saw in the forecast, today was a better day for a long run. Yesterday, 30 degrees and snowing. Today, 43 degrees and sunny. My 9 miler was a lot more enjoyable today than it would have been yesterday. I ran a comfortable pace for the duration and tried to stay at an even split, working on pacing, except for mile 9 which I sped up and ran a 6:54/mile. I didn't look at my watch until I finished, in 1:11 and change.
I'm not sure where January went, but luckily, she took 13 lbs. with her. When I jumped on the scale this am, it read 155.5. Exactly 13 pounds lighter than January 3rd when I got on. I have a med ball tht is 12 lbs., and just lifting that, it's crazy tho think about that extra weight I was carrying around. I have about 12 more pounds I would like to go. Racing gets easier as you get lighter, to a point, and I want to make it easier.
For two years in a row, I have run 32:17ish for 5 miles at the triathlon in June. I want to couple lots more miles and speed work in training and significantly less weight to carry in order to make that time go down. I have 136 days to prepare.