hello amazing fall weather! the summer didn't seem *that* hot, but i think spending 2 weeks in the south pacific "winter" helped break it up. darn, i guess we'll have to go every summer! don't get me wrong, it was certainly hot and humid here in south carolina, but it seemed a little more bearable this year (probably because i didn't run as much and spent more time in the air conditioned house). my electric bill was higher compared to last year now that i think about it.
anyway. it's been wonderfully cool here the past few days, with highs hitting the mid/upper 70's. it's a lovely break from the past 6+ months of 90 degrees and 1048204% humidity. california, i'm not all that sympathetic for you and your one week of hot weather, even if one day did hit 118-ish. be glad it's only one week of hotness and your humidity stays under control. :o)
i had a very enjoyable lunch run on tuesday. it wasn't long, but that's ok. i didn't feel all the "general fatigue" i've been feeling which is a definite win. apparently a little walk warm-up seems to help, and i can handle that.
tuesday (9/28) lunch run: 3.4 miles, 30:10 (avg pace 8:53), 72*
warm up mile (including the walking bit) - 9:34
"tempo" mile - 7:56
easy but could've been easier mile back - 9:03
extra 0.4 easy to run an even 30:00 - 3:35 (9:01 pace)
ok, ok, 30:10. once i got to 30mins i "needed" to round up to even mileage.
i was elated to see that i can in fact run the paces i used to. sure this was only a 3-mile run, but so was my run ten days prior and that pace was a solid two minutes/mile slower.
wednesday (9/29) pm run: 4.1 miles, 37:34 (avg pace 9:10), 62*
1) awesome weather
2) old 'easy' pace again
3) did not feel like death
now if i can string some sleep-filled nights together, we just may be in business again.