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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The mornings you dream about

Tuesday morning was the kind of morning I've dreamed about since early May: Temperature in the low 50s. Low humidity.
A run on the schedule.
Today called for 7 miles, and it had to be the easiest "fast" 7 miles I've run. Ever.
When you've been running in the heat like I have _ 80 degree mornings with 70 percent humidity _ running in the 50s is like running with the wind at your back.
And that's just what I felt like Tuesday morning.
After a 1-mile "warm-up," I did each of the remaining six miles all under 7:30 including four of the six under 7:20. I was even running with Roberto and David (whose wife just had a baby, congrats, dude) two of the fastest guys in our Tuesday morning runs. At the beginning of Mile 4, they picked up the pace and I decided to stay with them.
When the beeper went off on my Garmin 305 at the end of Mile 4, it read: 6:57.
Now, I've run sub 7s in intervals all the time. But after intervals, you get to rest and sike yourself up for the next one. To have the strength in my legs and air in my lungs to run a sub 7 this late in a run, well, I was feeling pretty proud.
I slowed down at about the 5.5-mile mark as Roberto and David continued floating on the pavement around the neighborhood. Those guys are fast, real fast. I finished about 30 seconds behind them.
My final tally was 7.12 miles in 52:49. I did the last 10k in 45:01. If I'd been racing Tuesday morning, I would have run a PR by nearly two minutes. And again, I wasn't sprinting. My lungs were not on fire. My legs were not wobbly.
My heart rate average for the entire run was 82 percent of max, though it was at 88 percent near the end. I could have run another two or three miles at that pace.
The training is going nicely. Very nicely.


Blogger Jenny said...

Nice!!! I heard about that cool weather you got (my mom lives in Dallas), and I have to say I am jealous! We still have 85 -90 degree days with about the same numbers for humidity.

Can't wait until I get to have an easy fast run due to weather!!

September 17, 2008 at 7:16 AM  
Blogger Derek said...

It lloks like all those training runs this summer are starting to pay off, plus you got to love this weather we are having right now. You running in any races this fall as a tune up before White Rock?

September 17, 2008 at 8:27 AM  
Blogger GandaMan said...

I'm loving running in these days in the mornings... and in the afternoons... and in the evenings.

September 17, 2008 at 2:39 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

There is nothing like that feeling!!! aghhhh,if we could only bottle it up and store it!

September 17, 2008 at 6:50 PM  
Blogger rodney said...

It's been cool in Mobile lately, too. I got up this morning at around 5am and ran 4 miles before work. It was low 60's temperatures.All I can say is nice....very nice.

September 17, 2008 at 10:18 PM  

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