9.38 mi, 1:17:48, 8:17 avg
Today's workout 4 miles @ half marathon pace, 2 minute rest, 1 mile @ 10k-half pace.
Weather was high 70's by the time I got started. Parked at the Longleaf church, warmed up a little bit then started the two mile warmup where I would also scope out the Starkey Blvd bike trail for large puddles and other possible obstructions. The road closure from last time was fixed and there were just two puddles, which I could start after passing them.
Started the tempo portion, was supposed to do around a 7:08 pace, but my legs were not doing it at first, I couldn't get out of the 7:10's-7:20's. Wanted to scrap it or try and rearrange it but Sunday's run itself would be challenging so I couldn't retry this on Saturday. So, just go with it and see what happens and put the effort in even if the pace is coming up short. So, got through the first mile at 7:15, then it started to click and did the second mile in 6:59, and then I was at the turnaround, 7:06 for mile 3, and a good finish of 6:53 for the last mile. But it felt pretty hard and my desire for a strong finish had me feeling like I would not be able to do the faster mile.
But, I did it somehow, starting out barely making the half marathon pace I got a little faster and did the faster mile at 6:45.
Did the cool down by running south until almost reaching SR54, and turn left towards the Circle K until I was far enough in to get two miles by the time I got back to the church.
Headed back home to shower and hang out with the cats while stretching before heading to work.