I have not done much speedwork since June really. I ran Hood to Coast in August and had some fast runs then, but for the most part I have done no intervals, no tempo runs, no 5ks, just pretty relaxed running. When I headed out on my run yesterday, I knew I wanted to do at least 5 miles and I also had less than 45 minutes to get it done. Totally doable at a just under 9 minute pace.
I did the first mile in 6:52 and felt amazingly good. I couldn't believe how good it felt and I just felt like I could keep going. I ended up averaging 7:40s for the run. I obviously I slowed down, I don't know if it was the sense of urgency to get back, the stress I have been under or just one of those days. Usually my first two miles are warm up miles and are a struggle to get them under a 9 minute mile. Today not an issue, it was like someone lit a fire in my pants!
My mileage this last month and a half has also been really really low for me, but I think my body just needed some downtime. I am loving my runs again. I never want to NOT run, but for awhile it was feeling like a bit of a chore to get out the door so I cut back on my mileage and have been cross training more.
Yesterday we all went up to Bozeman (which is why I had to get my run done so fast) and took the kids to their very first Bobcat Football game. So much fun, the weather was a touch on the chilly side but not too bad. A guy I worked with hooked us up with some tickets and my mother in law bought us all sweathshirts and hats for the game.