Good morning everyone! I finished up a tempo run with running buddies MC and Brenton this morning and I’m feeling quite the runner’s high at the moment, so I decided to write a quick post about this morning’s run and the optimism of summer’s end.
First things first, name the band whose lyrics are the origin of today’s blog post title. It’s an easy one!
Today’s tempo was the first tempo run of my entire training plan (this is week 11) that we didn’t run at Percival’s Island, which is a friendly and flat place to run.
I’d been thinking about how the Richmond course isn’t exactly hilly but isn’t flat as a pancake either. Ultimately, I decided to make today’s tempo a little hilly and chose Lake Loops. They are my favorite! Usually, I only run easy lake loops though and that might be why I love it there so much.
My training plan called for 5 miles at a 7:14 pace (that’s marathon goal pace, gross). I expected to dial it down a little because of the rolling hills, since every tempo run to date had been flat. My plan was to shoot for the goal pace and hold onto it as best I could without overdoing it.
Well, that didn’t go as planned. Brenton, MC and I were all out too fast and we knew it. I did my best to settle down and Brenton stuck with me, but MC did not. She was feeling it and decided to just go with it, which I completely get. Her times are even faster than these. As much as Brenton and I tried to get on pace, we were too fast. Chasing MC didn’t help, but the HUGE factor was the weather. The sweet, glorious weather. FALL weather.
My last tempo run was 66 degrees at 5:30am. This one was 48 degrees. What a difference! If this is a sign of things to come, we runners have much to be optimistic about.
How about you other runners out there? Can you feel the summer work paying off? Are you still dealing with the summer? If so, hang in there.