Today I decided to go for a four mile run on the greenway. On my side of town we have the Mallard Creek Greenway, and then we have the Clark Greenway. They actually kind of intersection. When the Mallard Creek Greenway gets to 3 miles, it cuts to the left...but if you keep straight, the Clark Greenway begins. It took us the longest time to figure out how they were marking the miles. Reading is fundamental! But in our defense, we never started at the beginning of either of the greenways (they have several entrances), so that's why we were confused.
Anywho, the Clark Greenway has more little hills. We're not talking about huge elevations here, just enough to make you feel like stopping to walk when you haven't really been dilligent about training. As I left the apartment, I was trying to rationalize going to Mallard Creek, which is relatively flat. Ultimately, I knew better, and I hit up Clark.
It was gorgeous today! About 60 degrees when I left the house at 4:30. Considering that the temps were in the teens a few weeks ago, I was loving it. And so was everyone else. Lots of walkers, joggers and bikers on the greenway. I was feeling tired, sluggish, and just plain not wanting to be there, but I knew I had to get it in.
I told someone that I wanted to keep it between 11:00 - 11:30/mile for this run. That's so slow, but I'm trying to work my way down. The first mile took 10:52 and the second took 10:56. My Achilles started hurting so I stopped and walked for a couple of minutes and then did some stretches. I started back on the third mile and ran it at 11:17. I went another quarter mile before I had to stop and stretch again. Clearly I did not stretch enough before I got started!
That last .75 I just tried to kill it because I was ready to be done. By the time I finished up Nike+ said I was running at 8:55 pace when I hit pause. Of course, it still needs to be recalibrated. But still. That lets me know that I was pushing it towards the end. The total running time (not including the 3-4 minutes of walking/stretching) turned out to be 41:55! Not bad for someone recovering from bronchitis. :)