Yesterday, I was a little bit worried about today's run as it is out of the ordinary for me to do my long run on a weekday. But, fortunately everything seemed to work out ok. I woke up and did not feel overly tired which was a good sign. Warmed up with a loop around the neighborhood on the bike then started running right about 5:45.
I ran to the Y on a slightly indirect route, ran inside and topped off my water bottles then got going again, just a little over 10 miles left to go.
Ran out towards the horse farm but didn't quite have to go all the way to the end of the road to get my miles in. Turned around and headed back. I was running by feel and was feeling pretty good. I did a good job of not looking at my Garmin at all during the run until the end. Crossing back over Seven Springs Road was a bit of a challenge. I didn't want to wait for the light so I figured I'd run against traffic until it cleared and then cross. It didn't clear for almost a quarter of a mile, so then I finally crossed after what seemed like forever (next time I'll just wait for the light).
When I reached 13 miles, the sun was up but it was still quite nice out. My pace had picked up but I was not sure how much. Made sure not to intentionally push it. At 15 miles I was feeling even better. Made it inside my neighborhood and then looked at my garmin when it beeped, which was a 7:14 pace. Last bit of the run turned out to be 7:22, 7:21, 7:14, and 0.41@7:17. I hadn't quite reached my house yet but I saw that my garmin had lost the satellite signal. It seems to do this pretty consistently at around 16-18 miles into a run, so I don't think this garmin will be going to Niagara Falls with me - perhaps old garmin 201, wife's garmin or possibly yet to be purchased garmin.
This basically wraps up week 1 of the last 3 hard weeks. Tomorrow will be a fun 5K at the zoo with the family.