Kind of a sad day today as Chuck Taylor would have turned 6 today and while we miss our little debil we still have the rest of the Kittah Army to keep us company. Life still goes on and after a good night's sleep it was time to hit the road again.
Today's schedule called for an easyish 11 miles at an HR under 137 bpm so I was expecting the pace to be just a bit slower than yesterday's 22. With today being a clear day with temps in the 70s by the time I got out I was going to be happy with anything under 10 minute average pace.
As usually happens the day after a long run I felt very strong and my HR cooperated by staying low although I did rush it up just a bit as witnessed by an 11:09 warmup mile. The next 4 miles went just as easy as I let my legs dictate the pace for the most part. Occasionally I would get that little buzz to let me know I was getting too high but the HR would come right back down. This wasn't going to last for long.
Somewhere past mile 5 I had an itch under the HR strap and with the slightest movement it started to drop into the 120s. Not this again. For the next 3 miles I was getting erratic readings from the 1-teens to 130s and then around mile 8 is started to slowly drop over the next mile and half before it settled in the 60s. Time to contact Garmin.
This distraction aside, I still felt good and now with the wind picking up and at my back I picked up the pace slightly. I really should know better but it's what my legs wanted so I let them go since it was only going to be for a couple miles and I was still only in the 9:25 range. Soon enough it was time for a final cool down mile before concluding a great weekend of running.
So that is that. Time to have a nice post run meal and chill out for the rest of the day. Will have a nice rest day tomorrow before getting back at it on Tuesday.