6:45 p.m. I read enough motivational blog entries and old race reports to attempt a legit workout. Mostly I was jealous of Britta's mile repeats. I decided to double down my time trial from 2 weeks ago and run a 10k. 'Twas a perfect day; clear and cool.
Mile 1: stepping out the door and heading north 6:48
Creek split: (mile 2.1ish) 7:37
5k: 20:25. I had run the headwind, downhill section, now I had to turn around and come home. This time seemed a little fast; crash and burn coming right up.
5.2 miles: 13:26. 2 more 6:45 miles, with climbs, but tailwind. I may have cut the course,angling across the soccer fields at Jennie P, rather than sticking to the roads. I wish my garmin wasn't dead so I had real splits.
6.2 miles: 40:35. Did I cut the course? How did I come home (uphill) faster than I ran away? I can't believe I pulled off the negative split by 15 seconds; I must have cheated.
Or did I? That last mile was 6:43, faster than my first.
I've been thinking about this 10k for a couple months. Using it as a fitness gauge, I concluded I wouldn't bother with signing up for a race until I could do it in 40 minutes. Maybe I'm not as far away from being back in the groove as I thought. I felt all right on the run. I was definitely blowing hard, even groaning, but I managed to get it back under control, and stayed strong without a big crash and burn.
.5 cool down