I really couldn't have asked for a better run this morning. It was a speedwork day, and I was dreading the thought of tackling 1000 meter repeats . A thousand just SEEMS like a huge amount, doesn't it? .62 miles seems way more manageable. Anyway, somehow I ended up a happy camper afterwards!
To start with, let's address the weather. I slept in, ate breakfast, and then planned on running at 8. I know, I know--too late in the summer. But the conditions were PERFECT. Check it out:
Yes, I still live in Georgia, and yes, it's still August. But read that: 62 DEGREES. Heaven!
The plan was to tackle 5x1000 meter repeats at 4:59, as per my Run Less Run Faster Plan. After a 1.5 mile warm-up, here were the results:
Did I have to haul my butt the last few intervals to make my splits? You bet I did. I honestly don't believe I could have made it a second faster. But it felt so good to push that hard, and I was so relieved to be done. Even my shadow was giving a thumbs up:
In case you were wondering, I'm still doing my outdoor runs on trails. I pick the flattest parts I can do sprints, but it's still tough. Also, it's pretty gross. Here is what my legs looked like after 5.5 miles total:
I don't want to think too much about what those specs are all over me. Seeds? Dirt? Bugs? Who knows.
What are your ideal running conditions?
I would say low humidity, 55 degrees, sunny, and a light breeze. Wow--I'm really picky! But I know what I like!
Did anyone else have some cooler temps the last day or two, or am I just really lucky?
I can only hope you've all been as lucky as I have! It still tops 90 in the afternoon, and of course I can't shake the humidity, but 62 degrees is pretty near perfect to me!