14.55 mi, 1:56:43, 8:01 avg
Cooler morning, 7:20 am start in Starkey Park. Plan for run was 2 miles easy, 10 miles @7:30, 2 miles easy warm down. I had not done a run starting in Starkey Park for a little while. Missed most of the Striders that had already started before 7:00, but Keith was there who I hadn't seen for a while. So, we set out together and ran a little bit past the big power lines (just past 2 miles).
Started the faster miles not knowing exactly how it would go. Did a pretty good job getting on pace with 7:32. Tried to relax into the run. Next 4 miles were good, taking me to the end of the Starkey Park trail and onto the Suncoast trail and a little past the water stop. Turned back and did a quick stop to top off my water bottle and take a gel. Now, only 4.5 miles left.
Turned back into the park and continued on. Once I got to the 4 mile water stop, just 2 miles left, so picked up the pace a little bit and did last two miles in 7:22 and 7:12.
Felt good for the last two miles, slowed down a little bit but kept pace right around 8:00 which felt easy after having run the 7:30's.
Going to run the PHSC 5K race tomorrow instead of the scheduled 8-10 easy miles. Missed it last year for first time in a while, didn't want to miss it this year.