I am lazy. I know this. I am (sometimes) ok with it. I did not want to get out of bed to do a long 10 miles in 70 degree weather, and something ridiculous like 98% humidity.
So, I went on the treadmill before work to battle it out. Even in the gym it was hot! At my work we are lucky enough to have a small gym, equipped with a treadmill, a bike, weights, and a few other items. There is a thermostat, and I always thought it controlled the temperature of the room, so I go in, put it down as low as it can go - 65 degrees. It seemed to be broken, it was still saying 80 after I finished my run!
Running on the treadmill gave me the opportunity to try out gels again. I tried one once before, last year during my marathon training - it almost made me throw up. It was so sweet, the consistency was gross. Yuck. I have had a Vanilla Cliff Shot sitting in my cupboard since I got it at one race or another and thought, a treadmill long run is probably the best place to try it - I'm close to bathrooms if I need it! At about mile 6, I teared open the package, not looking forward to swallowing it - with a water bottle in hand - I did it. Held my nose and gulped. And you know what? It tasted like pudding! I was amazed. What have I been missing out on in all my long runs and races. They are so easy to open, the are so easy to eat. And vanilla tasted amazing! I am back on the gel bandwagon!
0-1 miles - 6.0
1-3 miles - 6.3
3-5 miles - 6.5
5-7 miles - 6.7
7-9 miles - 6.9
9-10 miles - 6.5 (this last mile I increased the pace towards the end, but cannot remember how much exactly. I know I did the last 0.1 at 7.5)
Total Time: 1:32:14, average pace 9:13min/mile
I wasn't planning on upping my speed so much, it was just so boring, I needed some excitement, that and the fact I wanted to get off as quickly as possible.
My legs are still tired, and this run was two days ago! Ooops! I am resting up, over the next few days I am planning a 3 (maybe 4) miler, 8 miles, then 18 miles. The 18 miles has to be done! Even if I walk all of it!