This morning I had a great run! I was nervous about it though and didn't sleep the best. My schedule called for 8 miles. My longest morning run EVER!
1 mi at easy
2x 3mi at half marathon pace
1 mi at easy
I headed out just after 5am, into the darkness and brought my garmin along! I was going to do a 4 mile out and 4 mile back route just to keep things simple.
The first mile was half downhill and I just kept things easy until it was time to start the tempo portion. I wondered how my legs would handle the pace as I had only been up for about 20 minutes and I didn't eat anything before this run.
The first and second miles ticked by quickly with just my footfalls echoing in the dark. An occasional car would pass me but otherwise I was alone. The final mile was tough because I could see my end point but it was sooo far away! I finally made it to the turnaround and took a 30 second break before starting out again.
I don't know if the "out" part was just harder than the "back" part but I ended up running a little faster on the way back. Maybe my legs had finally woken up. The final mile was the hardest - my legs were hurting and I slowed down a bit, but I made it and did the final mile super easy back to my house.
Mile 1: 8:59
Miles 2-4: 24:00 (8:00 pace)
Miles 5-7: 23:51 (7:57 pace)
Mile 8 - 9:52
8 miles done on a Thursday morning. I still can't believe I did it. And I have the rest of the day to relax and recover from the run! I thought about wearing my high heel boots today but never got around to changing into them because my flats were just so comfy.
And in honor of St. Patrick's Day I picked up these cute green Zensah compression sleeves to help my legs recover! I am not totally sure how I feel about them - I think I may like my compression socks better!