In case you missed it, a few posts ago, I introduced you to Pepper, my new running partner. He makes me feel somewhat safer safer in the event I feel the need to stretch before I start the tempo portion of my run and there is someone like this guy:
sleeping (or in an alcohol induced coma) at the beginning of the trail. That way if he suddenly comes to and decides to fight through his hangover fog and go after the closest (or really only) person around, Pepper will have my back. (Sorry for the super blurry picture, you'd think I was the one who'd been drinking... in actuality, it was pouring and I was trying to take it super sneaky sneaky stalker style as to not provoke him if he did wake up.)
Pepper also helps me feel protected when I encounter cute and cuddly little creatures like this:
I swear that spider was as big as a small dog (bigger than a quarter at least) and just chilling in the middle of the bike path yesterday morning. I still feel like I have things crawling all over me when I look at the picture. It was seriously the biggest spider I have ever seen and really fuzzy... yuck! Although, it didn't say anything on the package specifically about it, I'm pretty sure Pepper would be able to help me out if the dog-spider tried to attack.
In non-silliness, my tempo run went quite well. I opted to run it on a one mile bark loop so that it would be easy to compare my splits. After a mile warm up and a quick (I really didn't want to hang around the homeless guy too long) stretching session my miles looked like this:
1 - 8:03
2 - 8:06
3 - 7:54
I was supposed to be hanging on to an 8:00 pace and I feel that I did fairly well. My legs felt pretty rested... I think slowing down my easy runs has helped with that. It started pouring towards the end of my 3rd mile which is probably why it was a bit faster, but overall I stayed fairly consistent, although slightly slower than I should've been. I'm really excited to be doing some speed work again and look forward to the improvements that it will hopefully make in my running.
Only 2 more days of school for Emme then it's vacay time... yippee!!