Sorry to rub this in your face, but we’ve been having beautiful weather here in Texas. My car said it was 70 when I left work to head to the park! It felt great except for the humidity. I felt sticky just walking, and I was completely disgusting by the end of the run. I’m not sure how I’ll handle the summer humidity while running.
But for all of you up North, don’t worry – we have our fair share of nasty weather coming our way. It starts with thunderstorms tonight, a wind advisory for tomorrow and a hard freeze advisory tomorrow night. And they (the weather people) are actually predicting snow for us on Friday! I’m a little excited 🙂
Despite the humidity tonight’s run was awesome. Maggie and I planned to do the 4 mile tempo run just a little faster than we did last week’s 4 miles. And we did! The first mile warm-up pace felt good at just over 10 minutes. My legs were feeling stiff in the beginning but I could feel them loosening up as we went.
The second and third tempo miles felt fast. I didn’t really want to slow down. My legs and breathing both felt pretty good until the end of the third mile, when I had a burning feeling shooting through my legs.
Although the tempo miles felt good, I was ready to slow down when we hit mile four. We started the mile at a 10:30 or so pace, but after we began to cool down, I could tell we were starting to push it again. We hit our 5k at 29:10 (another new 5k record). I would have been happy to keep it slow, but my running partner was a speed demon tonight! I found myself pushing to keep up with her, but it was great motivation to really give a little extra toward the end. And I was happy I did because it led to a great time. Our splits:
- Mile 1: 10:11
- Mile 2: 9:04
- Mile 3: 8:52
- Mile 4: 10:00
- Total: 38:07 (9:32 average pace)
Once again, it’s great to see week to week progress. Our fastest tempo mile last week was 9:06. Part of me wonders if sometimes we’re just not pushing ourselves as hard as we could. But it’s nice to see progress.
I hope y’all stay warm if you’re in the blizzard this week! And if you live in the South – any tips for surviving the “hard freeze” would be greatly appreciated. I’ve never heard of covering pipes or leaving faucets dripping all night until I moved down here. I’m not even sure I know what covering the pipes means :-p