So I found it, the first indicator of fall...
Pumpkin spice lattes are back, which means fall is in full swing. It was even a tad less hot this morning just to mark the occasion.
There are so many things I look forward to about fall: college football, cooler weather, sweaters, Pumpkin anything, Florida/Georgia weekend, soups and chili being acceptable to eat again, apple cider, all my fall races (there are a lot), especially the marathon! This is my absolute favorite season, so hopefully it sets in a bit more in the next week or two.
So...I have learned that I have to run before work on days I have class because I have no motivation to do anything once I get home after a full day of work and class, so needless to say I did no running last night. I will not be taking a rest day now tomorrow as planned, but I will take it easy before my long run on Friday.
This morning I got up and was super motivated for my run. A rest day always leaves me really motivated which is why I usually like them the day before my long run:) I did a tempo run, it was pretty tough, I realized I hadn't done a real tempo in 3 weeks and used my races as "tempos" too, but that doesn't count because of course it's easier to run faster when you are racing. I was originally hoping for 4 miles at 8:25-8:30ish, but I knew there was no way, so I just hit it as hard as I could.
7 Miles- 1:02:28, 8:55 average pace
Mile 1- 9:45
Mile 2- 9:26
Mile 3- 8:30
Mile 4- 8:34
Mile 5- 8:29
Mile 6- 8:27
Mile 7- 9:17
The tempo miles hurt, but it was a good thing to get them in, I am hoping it makes next weeks tempo a stellar one. I am also unusually energetic at the moment so I think I will be doing something this evening with the extra time on my hands, but in the past few days that has not been the case so we will see.