Much warmer this morning than I had expected, so I traded the long sleeves for short sleeves. Late start this morning, finally got going a little bit after 7:00. Left from my house and headed up Starkey Blvd. to Starkey Park. Again, I stopped a couple of times early on to loosen up my shoe laces, almost thought the run wasn't going to happen, happy once I was able to get moving.
First two miles were slow, was afraid the whole run was going to be that way, but was able to go a little bit faster each mile. I ran into Jorge and Victoria on their way back with only 3.5 miles left for them and a long way left for me.
Hit some wind a few times whenever I was heading west, other than that it was a perfect morning for running.
Made it into the park and started running into some more of the Striders - Melanie, Jamie #1, Big Steve, David, Alex, and some others. Topped off my two water bottles just before the turnaround. I was at about an 8:20 pace when I started heading back.
Kept the pace under 8:00 for the return trip and once I had just two miles left, I picked up the pace to 7:20 and 6:50 for the final two miles.
This was my first run in a couple of weeks that I felt really good about (last
Saturday's was pretty good), it was starting to get me down a little bit, although I shouldn't have worried about it because bad runs are just temporary.
Average pace: 7:57