This morning's run was splendid! Yes, it was "only" three miles ;) but they were three very high quality miles.
Geof and I got a late start to our run, so we settled with our favorite loop near the Pier. It's a perfect loop for a short tempo run, a long speed workout, a farty-lek or whathaveyou. I certainly didn't have speed in mind for this morning as I'm "tapering" for this weekend's CHUG Deer Grove 32.4 mile Fat Ass run, but hey, when in Rome!
I didn't even wear my lightening fast speedy shoes today, just my plain ol' Asics. So I was doubly surprised when I hit stop on my watch and saw that we ran it in a new PR for this little lady. We cranked out an average 7:56 pace...
Big money, no whammies!!
Okay, this time it felt like we were pushing the pace, but not that much. We were both pretty much mute the better part of the run, and my breathing was fairly laborious towards the end. Cha-ching! I love when that happens! It felt a lot like the final mile of this year's Minnesota Voyageur 50 Mile when we kicked it hard to pass a woman in front of us just before the finish.
I gotta say, I'm really enjoying this running for the fun of it, and not actually training for something for once. I have more spring in my step, more umph in my stride, and less junk in the trunk ;-)
I'm also enjoying no bugs on the lakefront due to the cold temps, but I really wish they would keep at least a couple of the bathrooms open during the winter months. I mean seriously, it's not like we suddenly never have to pee when it's cold out. Sure, there are fewer people on the lakefront, but still.