A.M. 10.1 with Jeff in 1:09:46. Looks like I picked up a small bug. My eyes have been hurting on Wednesday, and some yesterday. So something was going on, but it did not show until today. To make things worse, I took a long time getting dressed, so we had to hurry through the run to get Jeff to work on time. First I noticed that I was breathing way too hard at pedestrian paces (7:30), but I chalked it off to not being warmed up. Then I tried the explosions, the new version where I run 100 coasting the first 60 meters or so, and then sprinting the rest, and they were not very energetic: 18.8 - 18.3 - 18.2 -17.8. Then we discovered my HR was consistently 3 beats higher than Jeff's, or in other words 10 beats higher than what it should be. This would have been the time to turn around, jog back home at 8:00 pace or slower, and get back in bed.
But I was still operating off inertia and not listening to my body. So we kept on going at around 6:40 pace, and then ran the "fat" mile. First quarter in 81 blew the fat aspect, and also just about killed me. We eased off to 86, and 87, but then ran the last quarter in 82 to finish the mile in 5:36, and that was another moment of truth - legs were caving going that slow for that short. I should have called 911 at this point, but I did not have a cellphone, and I lacked the judgment to slow down and jog in alone at 8:00 pace to contain the damage. So instead I kept going with Jeff at sub-7:00 pace to the end.
Got home, ran another 2 with Benjamin in 17:00. Afterwards legs were shaky. Showered, ate breakfast, read the scriptures, and jumped in bed hoping to repair the damage. On the positive side of things after a 2 hour nap at least the eyes are not hurting. So there is a hope that I might be in race condition tomorrow. Otherwise I'll be smart and pace Ben Crozier instead.
P.M. 2 with Jenny in 18:51. Julia ran 1.5 with us in 14:06. 0.5 with Joseph in 4:56.