I got up at seven this morning to try to beat the heat for my 10 mile run. It worked because I didn’t start feeling real hot until my last mile or so. The one bad thing about getting up that early was that the park wasn’t open until later during my run. I ran past it right after mile two and the gate was shut; it doesn’t open until 8. I had planned on running four miles in the park, but when I was reminded of its later opening by the closed gate I made a mental change of plans. Instead I ran an extra mile after my three mile turn around spot and then all the way back to the park. By then I was at six miles and I only needed to make one loop around the park and head home for a total of ten miles.
The run felt amazing! I haven’t felt this good on a run in a long time. Maybe it’s because I got up earlier instead of sleeping in. When the run finished I actually felt like I could keep going. My split times reflected this because my last two miles were my fastest. I completed the ten miles in 1:33:51 giving me an average pace of 9:22. I will enjoy my well-deserved rest day tomorrow!