AM- 6 miles on landfill loop, very warm and dark. At one point I found myself running alongside a skunk, 10 feet away with his tail held high. I'm just glad I was in the middle of the road rather than the right side. Watched the sliver of the moon rise over the mountains. Q: I'm trying to think of the best words to describe when I ran. What is earlier than "the butt crack of dawn"? :)
PM- Big Workout. Stacy was kind enough to let Paul join me even though their son was born earlier today. Congrats! Anyways, I warmed up 2.5 miles to Paul's house, then another mile with him. We did a 7 mile tinman tempo (Paul only did 6)- pace was supposed to be 6:10-6:15 in normal temps, so I was hoping to be ~6:20 with the 90 deg heat. Yup, it was hot, though not as bad as last week. Ran First Dam 10k course- splits were 6:11, 6:14, 6:18, 5:54, 6:07, 6:08, then 5:56 last mile by myself (6:07 avg for the series). First 3 miles were slight uphill, last 3 were slight downhill. Last mile was hard by myself but I really pushed it on the last quarter even though I was getting very light headed. We were also talking the whole way, so that was a good sign. 1 mile cooldown with Paul, then I ran to LHS track and did 1.5 miles with 6x100m strides. Ran 2 more miles home with 2 more strides. Total time 1:39:51 for 15 miles, 6:39 avg for the run (smoking!). Very tired but good workout. I couldn't have done it without Paul- huge help for him to pull me along. Plus, with the heat and tired legs I thought we were tempo-ing at 6:30 pace, so to be doing faster than that was great. Like Paul said, if we did the same effort in the cool morning we would probably average 5:50-5:55 pace!
52 miles for the first 3 days this week! Wow. Now 2 easy days then a 10k on Saturday.
768- 116, Adrenaline- 446