Today was all about flexibility- not the kind that comes with stretching that I have none of, but the kind that allows for plans to change. It was supposed to be a cut-back long run day for me today (I was thinking 14 miles) but it will have to happen tomorrow. I slept very long/well last night in my new bed and I refuse to wakeup early on Sunday as it is my one true day to catch up from the week. And since this week = even more crazy than usual, I was pleased to not even move until 9:30am! :)
However, I needed to go to a car wash that was sponsered by the senior class at my school. And, it ended in the early afternoon. And, as I've mentioned, the school is 45 minutes away. Sooo, I switched my 'easy' 8 miler that was on tap for tomorrow with my 14 miler of today. Good choice so far.
And let me tell you- my new apartment is PRIME running territory. The only downfall is the fact that all runs will end on an uphill. Butt, what is so nice is when I turn and head in one direction out of the complex, I cross the freeway and am in the 'country' within 1 mile. Farms, dirt roads, long stretches of cornfields- too cool. It feels like being up-north! It is hilly, but the hills are rolling in a 'country' way. If I head the other direction from my apartment, I am on a main road leading into downtown within a mile! Best of both worlds that way! Today's 8 miler was a nice loop that encorporated a bit of both.
I was actually really pleased with today's run. The pace vs. perceived effort ratio was very favorable and I felt light and like I was cruising the whole time. Running the new route was really freeing and I didn't even look at my Garmin until the last mile (I hate obsessing/thinking about pace on an easy day!) In the end I ended up running the 8 miles at a 7:19min/mile average. Splits reflected the changing terrain (downhill, then uphill = 7:13, 6:55!!, 7:05, 7:16, 7:23, 7:45, 7:28, 7:35) Still, not too uneven, especially for me- the queen of uneven splits!
So tomorrow I awake early to tackle the mid-long run. The unpacking here continues, it feels like I'll never be done! But, it is starting to feel alittle more like 'home.'
Alright, I'm off! I have no idea what I'm teaching tomorrow, so I'd better get on that! Have a great week-beginning everyone! :)