When I sent out the group text to organize this morning’s run, I suggested we start from the main gates at Percy Warner Park. Josh wrote back and asked “the one on Hwy 100?” I responded with “No, at the end of Belle Meade Boulevard. There can be only one ‘Main’ gate!” This led to him stating that the phrase “There can be only one” should only be used when referring to The Highlander, which led to continued discussion on the same topic this morning. I have not seen this movie in a LONG time, so I had to look it up on the web to have any idea what he was talking about.
And I digress….Today’s scheduled called for 50 minutes at easy pace with 6 x 100 stride outs at the end. Josh, Nathan, and I were joined by Paxton, who made an appearance after a hiatus from our weekday runs. We did indeed start from the Percy Warner main gates, and ran through the streets of Bellevue. Even though the humidity was nasty, it turned out to be a really good run.
I really expected my legs to be dead today after two consecutive tempo workouts, but in actuality they felt pretty good. We finished our first mile in 9:21, and then followed with splits of 8:40, 8:37, 8:25, 8:09, and were on pace for a sub 8min 6th mile when our 50-minutes expired.
At the end we did 6 x 100m stride outs by the main entrance. My average pace for these strides was 5:12, but both Nathan and Josh flew past me like I wasn’t moving. As a matter of fact, Nathan made me look like I was sitting still, and Josh made Nathan look like he was sitting still. He was absolutely flying. Oh well…in total we finished just over 6.25-miles with an average pace of 8:17 per mile.