Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Pace: 9:27 min/mi
Comments: The good news here was this was a completely workmanlike effort. I got up when I intended, I got out the door when I intended, I got the kind of run I intended.
My quads were a little sore after the effort on Monday and started a little stiff on this one but I warmed up pretty quick. Temperatures weren't brutal. Humidity was bearable. Barely.
I had a bit of a headwind at the turnaround but, overall, conditions were as good as one can expect in Texas during the summer. My splits were all over the place but all within a 20 second range so I can live with it.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Pace: 8:59 min/mi
Comments: Best run in three-and-a-half months. A lot of things came together just right to make it happen. I ate well, slept well and got an enormous break from the weather.
Woke up to pretty rough thunderstorms but these had mostly pushed through by 7:30 a.m. I waited until the rain stopped and then got out to take advantage of the unexpectedly cool temperature. The trick was to beat the clouds passing through and the sun coming out because today is expected to be the hottest of the year.
As a result, I found myself pushing the pace and, surprisingly, not suffering overmuch from it. At the turnaround I realized I had a chance at a sub-9 minute pace run so I tried to dial in and focus on the second half. Got it with two seconds to spare.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
Comments: Back into the "slog" range of performance again. It was overhot and windy. The cloud cover kept the sun away for the first mile but it got the broil on after that.
I wasn't expecting a hell of a lot from this run and I got pretty much what I expected. After three miles I was done and walked the rest of the way in. The splits started slow and were closing in on 11 min/mi at the end.
Still, this is a good effort if I get off my ass and follow up with another tomorrow.