The schedule today called for 8-miles at an easy pace followed by 4 x 100m stride outs. John didn’t give me a target pace, but told me to judge it by feel. I overslept this morning, so this unintentionally turned into an afternoon run. One of the benefits of this was that it was beautiful outside. The temperatures were around 70 with pretty low humidity and a slight breeze.
I started from my house and ran through the streets of Bellevue. There was definitely some lingering soreness from the hard effort at the race on Saturday, but nothing that impeded the run. I just tried to stay smooth and relaxed and my splits hovered just under 8:00 pace for all but the first three miles. Overall I felt much better than I expected.
The stride outs at the end of the run are something that is new to me. I’m used to doing these before every track workout and before most races, but not after an easy training run. It was a little bizarre to run with a quick turnover after such an easy run, but my legs still felt great.