Catching up on logging two runs that couldn't be more different:
Monday 4.0 miles/31:15/7:49 average pace
Where did that come from?! I think I started off fast because I ran immediately after arriving home from work on my bike. Basically it was a T2 brick run and I must have been channeling the sprint triathlete in me. I realized after a half mile or less that I was going kinda fast but decided to go with it. My splits were 8:18, 7:44, 7:35, and 7:32 (or something like that). It was HARD after a mile or so. Luckily I had two street crossings that I used to catch my breath, and I took a couple more little breaks (after miles 2 and 3). Hey, it's been a while since I pushed that hard, so I'll take it.
Tuesday I went to the gym in the morning and swam 1000 m. I did 500 freestyle in 9:52 or so, then 250 backstroke, then 250 pulling only. Then Tuesday night (last night) I did a free weights/core workout at home.
Wednesday 6.0 miles/56:17/9:23 average pace
Maritza was going to come down and run with me this morning but had a car situation come up (not hers, thankfully!) and had to take care of that instead. Since I'd already set my alarm and set my clothes out, I dragged my tired ass out of bed a little after 6:00 am to run. My options were limited due to the darkness so I did a 6 mile loop that includes a big ol hill. I was feeling ok but my pace was slooooow. I pushed a little on the home stretch to get under 9:00 for the last mile, but it was hard. In fact, I felt a little lightheaded and nauseous right after I finished.
I think the difference between my 7:49 runner personality and my 9:23 personality is the time of day. I have so much more energy in the afternoon. Does anyone else notice such an obvious difference??
Anyway, a mile's a mile. :) Have a great day everyone.