Yesterday I couldn’t get myself out of bed in time to get in my run before work so I ended up having to squeeze it in between work and mid-week Bible study. It was fairly hot, but the humidity was down just a bit. My schedule called for 6-miles at “easy” pace, so I decided to start from my house and do a 6-mile route through the streets of Bellevue. When I went to grab my Garmin I saw that the battery was dead, so I just took my basic Timex stopwatch instead.
I knew from the start that my legs felt good, but I really didn’t know what pace I was running without my GPS. The heat was pretty intense, but I maintained a steady pace and my legs felt good throughout the run. When I got back to the house my stopwatch read 48 minutes, 46.16 seconds. I used MapMyRun.com to confirm that my route was actually 6-miles, and it came out to 6.05. This translates to a pace of 8:04 per mile, which is quite a bit faster than my “easy” pace target of 9:05 to 8:26. This is actually even faster than my “long” run pace range of 8:05 to 8:25.
Not sure where this burst came from, but it was actually a big confidence boost after many slower runs in recent days.