Tonight was a typical hot, muggy summer evening in the nation’s capital. The high called for 93 but when I checked the reading at 6:30 pm it definitely said 97 degrees. Seven-mile run outside? Wrong. I just wasn’t bold enough tonight to put my body through the heat and especially not on a day when I needed to work on my speed. I justified this theory by looking at the clouds looming overhead–a storm had to be in the works (although to my knowledge one never hit–just a sprinkle that lasted a hot second).
So off to the gym to claim a treadmill it would be. The journey was not as bad as I suspected. My only complaint was the smelly guy running next to me for about two of my miles. I had some newly downloaded tunes so I was ready to fly. Here was what I accomplished tonight:
1 mile warm-up jog; 3×1600 in 7:47 (plan called for 7:44 pace but this is the closest I could get to it on the treadmill) with 800 jogs; Cool down
Overall, I ran the 7 miles in just over 62 minutes so that is a little less than an average 9 minute/mile pace. I was happy with the fact that I ran three of my seven miles at a 7:47 pace. I will continue to build upon that to make for more consecutive speedy miles.