Had to get haircut on way home from work and it took me fifteen minutes to find my blasted running cap. By that time, I didn't have a whole lot of daylight left. No problem, I planned on this being a short run - like I did on Level 9 Day 1. Only this time, I decided to just run on the street. Took a temperature reading of the internets after I got home:
I ended up doing the two miles in 23:44, so that's barely above 5 mph but I'll take it. And there are several reasons I think it compares favorably with L9D1, despite being 43 seconds slower:
L10 Day 1 / L9 Day 1
85° clear / 50° cloudy
some hills / middle school track
didn't get exhausted / did get exhausted
fighting a cold / feeling great at the start
Here is the hill that is on this route, it amounts to 90 feet over something like half a mile. I know that doesn't compare to what hard-core runners do ... but for me that's like jogging up two 4-story buildings while also jogging half a mile.
I was trying to go a little faster today, because I was tired of turning in 4.5 - 4.6 mph runs (even though Saturday's was 4.5 miles). So, here are the lap times which I will moan about presently:
Lap 1: 11:16 pace: Good, about where I'd like to get sooner rather than later.
Lap 2: 10:29 pace: Good, much was downhill - I'd better go a bit faster there!
Lap 3: 12:33 pace: Okay, much of it was uphill.
Lap 4: 11:59 pace: Good, I didn't let the hill turn me into mashed potatoes.
Lap 5: 11:50 pace: Okay, but I'd prefer a 11:30 pace here.
Lap 6: 12:28 pace: No, 3:07 is not a good lap time when I'm only going 2 miles.
Lap 7: 13:10 pace: Hell no, 3:17 is miserable on this terrain.
Lap 8: 11:09 pace: YES!! This wasn't a crazy sprint, but was a sustained effort to do better.
In lap 8 I did 2:47 - which was faster than the first lap, and on pretty flat terrain.