It was about 10 degrees cooler this morning than it has been for the past couple of weeks and it made a HUGE difference. The first lap around the loop was especially comfortable. The sun snuck a little higher on the second loop and the sweat started to pour, but it was still better than it has been.
I ran the first lap at a good clip and decided I wanted to run the last mile-and-a-half of the second lap hard(down 5th Street from Six Flags). I probably thought too much about that last stretch because I took the few miles before that a little too easy. But I covered the last 1.5 Miles at a 6:53 pace. It felt good to know I could finish well after running that many miles at a good pace.
Goal For The Day: Delayed Long Run.
Distance: 12.52 Miles.
Time: 1:30:09. 7:12 Avg. (7:20, 7:01, 7:06, 7:12, 6:58, 7:03, 7:25, 7:24, 7:24, 7:24, 7:19, 6:53, 3:33*)
Route: Allenton Loop x 2.
Conditions: 75 degrees at the start! 6:45AM.
Notes: My Long Runs are supposed to be 30-45 seconds slower than my goal pace for the marathon. I'm going against that philosophy by trying to stay close to Goal Pace. It's against what I tell other runners to do, but at this point, I'll try to keep my average under 7:17 on my Long Runs... at least until I get into the really high mileage.
Daily Miles: 12.52 Miles.
Run - 139.84 Miles.
Bike - 67.68 Miles.
Swim - 4,450+ meters.