Up and at it early once again with an assist from Christine. It seems with the light rain and heavy sweat, my cell phone crapped out with the screen no longer functioning. This sucks because I also use my phone as an alarm clock, among other things, so I'll need to get it replaced soon. At least I qualify for a new phone, for a fee and contract of course.
Initially scheduled as a 13 miler, today's run was scaled back to 9 instead. After re-evaluating my plan, I came to the conclusion that I was trying to force way too many miles and had to scale it back. I still think I will need to cut it back even further so we'll see how it works out.
It was another nice morning although the sun was out so things would heat up quickly. The tradeoff is that this keeps the humidity low and makes for an easier run.
I was on the road by 7 and the warmup mile was one of the best in a while. I kept it slow and the HR came up steady so I was quite happy. As I got into mile 2 I could tell it was going to be a 10+ pace day but that was ok since Sunday is more of a recovery day and I was happy just to coast along anyway.
Since I was out so early, it was more peaceful than normal and as I got to the 2 and a half mile mark I had my first bunny sighting of the day. This was a good sign I thought and soon I spotted another. By the time I hit the 4 mile mark, the bunny count stood at 3.
Not much exciting happened over the next 2 miles other than having to slow down to keep my HR below 137. My TFL began to let me know it was there but it was really nothing more than a slight niggle.
However, not long after I turned onto the farm road past mile 5 the bunny bonanza began. As I ran down the dirt road I spied 1 bunny, then another. Soon I was through the farm and back onto the road where I saw a bunny scamper through the brush. Then I saw another and finally one more just before I got to the 6 mile split for a 5 bunny mile. Sadly there would be no more bunny sightings over the last 3 miles but still the 8 spotted is a new PR.
With the run 2/3 done I made the turn onto what is normally an easy stretch since it's a slight downhill. Usually I stick to the road but the wide shoulder had been recently graded so I decided to hit the dirt to give my feet and ankles some additional stimulation. This didn't turn out to be such a great plan as I struggled to keep my HR down on the softer, uneven terrain and after a half mile I abandoned it. Noting left but 1.5 miles with a cool down mile to bring the run to a close.
This really was a good run and while I was feeling I could go longer, I stuck to the plan. There is no use in over-training and by no means do I want to peak too soon. It felt great to be done before 9 and now I have the rest of the day to relax. With tomorrow being a rest day, I'll be 100% when I'm back on the road on Tuesday night.