Starting on Thu. night I felt like I was coming down with something, felt a little bit better on Friday morning, and a little bit worse on Saturday morning. Sat. morning was Jenny's 5k race at the zoo. She did great with a new PR of 26:28. The first mile was outside of the zoo, the next mile went through the zoo past all of the outside animal exhibits and also through the indoor portion of the manatee exhibit. Lots of sharp turns and up and downs. After we got home I felt wiped out and run down so I took it easy most of the rest of the day.
I let myself sleep in a little bit later today as I was not meeting up with anyone. The weather hasn't been too bad so I wasn't worried about beating the heat. I arrived at Starkey park about 7:15, it had just started getting light out. I started out the first mile taking it easy with a 9:14 pace, it felt pretty good. Sometimes the first mile of the day can be difficult even at a slower pace. The next mile I thought I was going faster, it felt good, but then I looked at my pace and saw I was going slower, about a 10:15 pace halfway through the mile. I kept it easy but went a little faster with a 9:34 for the second mile. After that I felt looser and lighter and settled into an 8:30ish pace.
At 7 miles my pace had picked up so I figured I would try out my legs with a mini tempo run. I held the pace pretty well and averaged a 7:17 pace for the last 5 miles. Went slow for the next 0.25 miles to get to the trail turn off to the parking lot which I walked.
Average for the run was 8:08 pace.
When I got home, Jenny had already run with the boys around the 1.7 mile neighborhood loop so I didn't do the kid run today.