I was originally going to run 7 miles easy today. Coach wanted me to scale that back to 4 miles easy since I'm running a 5K on Sunday. But then a friend of mine wanted to meet for an early morning 4 mile trail walk. Couldn't say no to that! Decided to walk first, then cut back my run to something closer to 3 miles. To make up for decreased distance, I figured it would be a good idea to push the pace a little and try to achieve negative splits. So that's what I set out to do.
When I got home, I thought that I had completely failed on the run. Every time I checked my Garmin, it seemed like I was going slower. But I feel better now. I ended up running about 3.3 miles, and I nailed the progressive aspect. Plus there's a nice little pick up at the end:
I don't think I'm going to come anywhere my "normal" 5K race pace this weekend. This should be no surprise, since I haven't done any speed work or tempo runs in preparation. And the run this morning was a struggle for me. However, I still think it will be fun to be out there Sunday morning. In the end, that's really what it's all about, right? Fun. :-)