Met Keith and Dixie at Starkey park this morning. They were planning on 17 and I was going to do 18 miles, so I would just tack one more mile onto the run. It was cold again this morning, was supposed to be in the 40's but mid 30's again. I think it is finally going to warm up tomorrow morning.
We set off at a slow pace for the first mile and then settled into an 8:30ish pace with a few miles near 8:00. The run went by pretty quickly. When we got to the trailhead for the Suncoast parkway, the gate was locked, so we had to crawl through it. They had not unlocked it yet from the night before, it's usually not locked but they were having a hog hunt from 4:00 pm to 4:00 am, I guess they were starting to get out of hand.
With 4 miles left to go we decided to split up. I put in some faster miles for the last 4. Was going to do 7:00~7:10 pace but found myself settling into a 6:50ish pace so I held that. Felt pretty good. Jogged a bit after hitting the 18 mile mark then slowed down and walked a bit to cool down.
Overall pace: 8:07
Caught up with several running friends afterwards and enjoyed some coffee and snacks.