As many of you know, I LOVE running at night! I'll take a 10:00 pm run anytime...cool weather, music LOUD and bumping...lightweight trainers and a Garmin...a dream date for me :)
Well, that was tonight! The plan was for 10 miles at 6:25-6:35 to the Regional trail and out and back to Excelsior along the lake. ...and what a gorgeous night...pitch dark on the return trip...maybe 65 degrees. This is a course I have done dozens of times before, so I have recorded times and know how fast I have run.
Mile 1, 6:49...just warming up...mile 5 turnaround in 32:40...and I starting to feel the groove. Miles 6 and 7 were run around 6:11 each followed by a 6:29...by now I'm getting a tad tired, but I still want to finish strong. Miles 6-10 were run in 31:12 (6:14 average) for a total time of 1:03:52...what the hell? Where did that come from? Now don't get me wrong, I could not have run 20 at that pace, but it gives me a little more confidence as I look to make my plan for TCM.
I'll call tonight a success :)
It's been a solid week so far...9 miles of nice running yesterday, and I've been biking most days to and from work (6 miles each way) along with a lot of core. I'll let you know how the 3 hour run goes on Saturday :)