Good runs the last few days, with some nice speed thrown into the mix
Monday I ran a speedy 3 miles at a 9:03 pace after the long 8 hour drive back to berkeley. I have a lot on my plate right now and was feeling the stress for the last hour of the drive and really needed a run to recenter. After running and taking a shower, I always feel so much better and happier about the world :)
Today I did my normal 6 miles at a 9:43 pace, which I was very happy about. All negative splits with the last mile at 8:43 pace! I ran in the middle of the day in an attempt to try to expose myself to heat, but it ended up being high 60s and sunny :) Not good for trying to acclimate, but sure nice weather to run in. I added in an extra hill which was nice. Noticed that it took me about 3 miles to hit my groove and then it all started feeling a lot easier. I notice that a lot on my runs.
Tomorrow I'm going to join up with a new trail group for an evening run in a new place. I found them through a very nice fellow berkeley ultrarunner that contacted me through the ultra listserve and I'm excited. The only anxiety (that I always have with a new group) is the fear that I'll be too slow and get left behind! I purposly didn't run my hilly trail run today so that my legs will (hopefully) be a bit fresher tomorrow and I'll be able to keep up. They seem nice though, and are through the local running store that I love, so hopefully it'll go well.
Speaking of shopping, ZombieRunner is amazing :) I emailed them about running my first 50k and inquiring about what to get, and they gave me a very helpful list and some useful suggestions as well as being incredibly nice. I highly recommend them to all! (though I'm guessing most all of you already use them ;) ).
I have a free morning tomorrow since I'm doing an evening run, so I'll hopefully get lots of thesis work done!