It was a smart decision to take a day off from running yesterday. My legs felt a whole lot better in today's long run. I ran on-post (Ft. Bragg) where the roads are normally free of traffic. I started out the first few miles around 7:15/mile. By mile 4 the, body settled into a steady pace and I found myself running comfortably about 6:40-6:55 pace. The weather this morning was overcast and around high-70s with the humidity at 90%. I was already soaked in sweat, so I knew it was very important that I took in some electrolytes. At about mile 10, I stopped by the shopette to pick up a powerade. The cashier gave me a strange look when I gave her a wet dollar. I apologized and told her it was hot out there. Hopefully she understood.
I planned out the run to where I'd end up at the track at 1:25. The track is about a mile from where I'll finish my run. Like almost all my long runs, I finished the last 20 minutes at a faster pace. I ran the next couple miles on the track and looked at my watch only at the mile split. I hit the 2 miles in 6:04 & 6:02. This was good news because I was feeling good running by effort. I exited the track and headed back to where I'd finish. I picked up the pace in the last mile running it around 5:50.
I have one more week of base mileage, then I'll begin another phase of training. It's hard to believe that i've done only base mileage for the last 11 weeks. I can tell my level of fitness is high so things will be interesting for me.
Today's Run: 1:45:05