16.3 miles @ 7:43 pace average, first 10 easy, last 6.3 between 7:08 and 6:50
Drove up to Starkey park this morning, stopping along the way to pick up some runner's bags who were getting an early start on their runs. It was warmer out this morning, about 77 degrees. I saw Mike in the parking lot so we headed out together. My ankles were tight for the first few miles and felt a lot better after stopping at the 4 mile water stop. We ran together for 5 miles before he turned back, then I kept on going for about 3 more miles on my own.
As it got lighter out, a small breeze picked up, which made it much nicer. It is sometimes better to start a little later as long as there is some cloud cover to hold back the sun, which there was this morning.
Started picking up the pace on the way back. While on the way out, I did look at my pace a couple of times early on, and then decided not to look at it any more and see what happened. Would I run the same, faster, or slower?
Turned out to be pretty much the same, although slightly slower than last week, but maybe the same when adjusted for conditions. But, it felt good just to run. I've got this on my list of things to try, run an entire marathon with no watch or garmin.
Hung out for a bit after the run, then gave a ride back to Jorge, Victoria, Keith, Eudaire, and Dixie, back to their cars. Glad I had room for everyone!