Thursday 10.0 miles/1:25:21/8:32 average pace
This morning I wasn't nearly as grumpy and was actually kind of looking forward to my run- what a difference from earlier this week/last week. I did sleep in a little though since Zach decided to skip his run due to a headache- he's worked hard this week so probably a good decision. So I hit the trail (yay soft dirt trail) solo in the light (yay time change!). I started off at an easy pace and ran the first 5 miles at an average pace of 8:59. Then I picked it up a bit on the way back and averaged 8:06 for the last 5 miles. My very last mile was 7:50 but the others were all like 8:09-8:15 and felt pretty comfortable. I think if I am feeling great on race day I will be able to maintain that pace for a long time.
I did notice my breathing felt a little bit heavy even though my body felt light and the pace wasn't hard- which I think means I could have used a puff on the inhaler. I haven't been using it too much but I'll definitely be using it on race day. I've only used it on races and a few tempo runs, so I will use it on my 20 miler this weekend to make sure it's not a problem for a long run. Don't see why it would be though.
So glad to have my mojo back! I appreciate all the nice comments from everyone. :)
Oh ya, yesterday on my rest day I got to the pool and did 1000 m and that was very fun and not too hard. Then of course I soaked in the hot tub- ahhh.
Another big motivator has been hearing about and reading about Maritza's awesome run in New York City. Check out the epic race report on her blog. :)