For the first time in a very long time work got in the way of my lunchtime run. I was in a (very informative for a change) meeting until just after 12 and by the time I came out I was starving as I hadn't had my mid morning slice of cake. I wasn't the only one, I could hear lots of rumbling tums in there.
I decided to go out in the evening, but for a short one. I'm feeling a little tired and constantly hungry so doing a hard tempo run wasn't high on my agenda today. After work I got changed, faffed a bit but then headed out the door. It felt weird to be running in the dark. I planned to do three miles, as that would take me to 100 running miles for the month (no wonder my legs feel battered).
My legs actually felt quite springy, I took it easier on the first mile, speeded up a little on the second and pretty much continued for the last. However, there were a few places where it was difficult to run due to rubbish streetlights, or non - working street lights. A couple of short hills as well to break things up a bit.
The last mile was through the centre of town so a bit of faff dodging people and crossing roads. I actually stopped running a little earlier than I intended (still over three miles) as for some reason none of the streetlights work near the entrance to my estate. I couldn't see the ground at all as my night vision was constantly disrupted by car headlights blinding me.
The mile splits:
I have to say the 8.29 felt really quite comfortable, maybe the intervals/tempo are starting to have an effect though its also likely to be the fact I was doing such a short run.
My plan is for a much needed rest day tomorrow then mountain biking in the Lakes on Saturday then some offroad running fun on Sunday before getting back to the serious business of road running again. As I'm a bit ahead of my plan I am intending repeating the last few sessions rather than ploughing on.
Consolidation, that's the word I was looking for.