If I could have come up with a compelling reason not to run tonight, I would have used it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately I couldn't come up with one and just as well; BQs don't happen on their own. Like Christine always reminds me, "if you want to run BQ, you've got to pay your dues", sorry Ringo.
I knew it was going to be a rough one with a stiff wind coming out of the southwest. This meant the first 3 of the 6 miles tonight were going to be into the wind. Lovely. At least it was going to keep things cool
The first mile was easy as usual and it was no surprise that I felt like I was working harder than I really was. No problem though because these tough miles will pay off down the road. It was also faster than it should have been but I can't tell if my HRM is reading low or my aerobic fitness is getting better.
Miles 2 and 3 were an equal struggle especially when I got hit with a prolonged strong gust. At least the last 3 were going to be easier. Tonight was also friendly driver night as I got a couple waves and a honk so that helped too.
I was never so relieved when I hit the turnaround just past mile 3. Now it was going to be smooth sailing with the wind now at my back to push me along. Good thing too because my legs were feeling heavy and by the time I hit mile 5 I was more than ready for the final cool down mile.
Well that's it. I'm for sure going to enjoy my rest day tomorrow before I rip off a grueling 18 on Saturday on some hills in the shadow of Superstition Mountain.