When my alarm went off at 4:30AM this morning, I was actually pretty excited! I have a new schedule and it's redemption time! I met a group of runners at 5:30AM and though our schedules were all slightly different, I did manage to find some running partners for most of my run!
My schedule called for 2 miles easy, 3 miles at 7:45, 2 miles easy (for a total of 7 miles). For the most part, we stayed together as a group for our easy miles: 9:09, 9:20. Then, we all took off for our tempo paces. I don't know that I'll ever get tired of watching the sun come up over the bay. It's so beautiful! Even with the 98% humidity most mornings, I feel so lucky to live on the Bay! I tempoed alone. My legs actually felt great. My breathing was a little winded but I made it. I beat the 7:45 goal for all of my miles: 7:38, 7:42, 7:40. As I finished the three, two of the other guys (who ran their tempo in 20:30 total) waited on me. They got a nice little 2 1/2 minute break :). It was super nice of them! Then, we headed back to make it an even seven miles for the day. Last two easy miles were: 9:27, 9:06 = 1:00:02 total for the day!
I stretched and headed home for my post workout chocolate milk. I made some lunch and breakfast and even dinner before work! Tonight, I have a volleyball game with my work league and I thought it'd be much easier to cook a chicken in the crockpot all day so that I don't have to eat out or be in a time crunch to cook dinner. It's not even 9:30AM and it's already been a productive morning!
Happy Monday, all! :)
PS: Ran 9 on Saturday and felt great. Garmin died after 5.33 - but my average pace up to that point was 8:40 :) Is it bad that I didn't want to post anything after my last post because I liked the picture of Kara and me being the first thing you see when you click on my page?! Hahahahahaha