A.M. 20.5 miles with a 10 mile tempo. The weather was not the best, so I wore pants today. However, there was no headwind. There was a fallen tree from last night's storm that I had to jump over 4 times, which broke the rhythm. The splits were:
5:46, 5:52 (tree),5:48 (180 turn), 5:53 (tree), 5:56(180 turn at the end), 5:51,5:50,5:53 (180 turn), 5:52 (tree), 5:46 - total time 58:27.7. After the first 5 in 29:15 I wanted to stop, but the thought of having to run more miles at 7:30 pace was even more unpleasant than the thought of doing the same at 5:50 pace. So I kept going. Overall I think the run went better than last week, and perhaps comparable to 58:10 two weeks ago when I was wearing shorts and there was no tree to jump over. I was pleased to see that unlike last week I had more control over the pace and could surge to 5:40 more or less on demand mid run for short periods. There was more bounce in the legs. So I suppose some rest and the 4x1000 on Thursday did some good.
Ran with the kids to finish the 20.5. 3 with Benjamin, 2 with Jenny and Julia, 1 with Joseph, and 0.5 with Jacob.