It's amazing how much better one feels after a good 9 hours of sleep especially considering how beat up I felt after yesterday's run. With 10 miles on the schedule for today it was out of bed at 6:30, a smoothie, power coffee and catching up on the interwebz before I got ready to hit the road.
It was another cool morning with a light breeze and the plan was to take it easyish. First mile warmup went well and HR stayed low even though it was a "fast" mile at 11:30. This is one of the things I've noticed about having my long run on Saturday; that I am faster on Sunday with a lower HR. I have no idea why this is but I'm not going to argue with what my body is telling me.
Since everything was in my favor I knew I could just let my legs dictate the pace and that I did. Only once did my HRM give me a buzz and that was only because I sped up to cross a street. Mostly I stayed comfortably in the 129-134 bpm range for the entire run while clicking off miles between 9:45 and 9:58. There was an outlier of 9:31 on mile 9 but that is due to a slight decline with a bit of a tailwind.
I was very happy with the way the run went and even caught a glimpse of a bunny scurrying for cover so that makes for a positive outing. I also feel like I am just about back to where I was before my recovery period after the Lost Dutchman Marathon. Finally, I'm happy that the weather has been cooperating by staying on the "cool" side but I know that will soon change. Still I have a long way to go if I have any hopes of a BQ in just 4 months from now.
For now I get to recover with a rest day tomorrow before getting back at it Tuesday night.