9.33 mi, 1:21:11, 8:42 avg, elev gain 172 feet
Yesterday was rest day, which I needed, today was back to hitting it pretty hard. 2 easy, 5x1km @ 10K pace, then 5x200m @5k pace.
It was already fairly warm even though it was just getting light, but it at least felt a little bit cool. Shortly into the warmup I soon realized the cool feeling was deceptive. The repeats didn't seem like they would be too bad, and looking over the numbers I was just a little bit slow on tow of the first three (goal pace was 6:48), but I felt like it wasn't going well, wanted to quit, but then ending up doing the last two a little bit too fast. Other small snafu was that I could not figure out how to get my garmin laps set up for 1km, so had to settle for 0.65 miles, no biggie.
Paces: 6:52, 6:54, 6:48, 6:23, 6:23
200's were a little bit faster then goal pace but felt great. When I finished the last 1k repeat, I was in no mood to crank out the 200's, but fortunately, they were on the schedule so I did themm and glad I stuck it out.
The run was a little hillier than I would have liked but I wanted to stay in Westlake so I'd be near the nice water fountain outside the pool with the very cold water.
And in very sad news, I actually kicked a squirrel this morning. Of course by accident, but still. They usually do that indecisive move of running one way or the other really fast until finally getting out of the way. Well, this poor little squirrel was not quite as fast and was taking a more casual approach assuming I'd go around him/her and I assumed we'd miss each other. But we didn't, my foot made contact with the squirrel, putting the little creature slightly airborne but not too high, before landing and running away.