Lately I've been really frustrated with my longer runs. I've really struggled with anything over 4 miles (as you might have noticed with my posts the last few weeks). I've found myself having to walk when normally I wouldn't be phased at all. It's been horribly demoralizing and I keep hoping for a good run, but keep having nothing but bad runs that have me concerned that I have bit off way more than I can chew with my half marathons I've scheduled.
Last night I decided to go for a run to break in the new Ipod Shuffle. I was planning on going for 5 miles (training program called for 4.5). I wanted to make up for some missed mileage from Saturday when I didn't finish my long run. Anyway, the weather was beautiful and it was perfect for an evening run.
Long story short, I had a great run. My pace was good, my legs felt strong, and my breathing was calm. I decided around the 2 mile mark that I was going to go for a 10k distance instead of 5 miles just to see my time. My first 10k that I ever ran was run on the same pathway that I did my run on last night, and I wanted to see how my time would compare with where I was at back in the fall. Here's a quick look at my run: