I had a lovely run this morning. I did nothing spectacular, no records broken, but it was simply wonderful to be out there running. It should have been my speed intervals session this morning, but the weather is too nice to hurry! We have a gorgeous blue sky with not a cloud in sight, patches of sparkly fairy dust scattered about - or maybe it's frost - and it was a balmy -3°C when I set off. As I said, it was too good to rush. Plus my legs were still a wee bit heavy from the 2,600ft hill I climbed on Sunday, so I opted for an easier run.
I chose to do a 35 mins tempo run using a podrunner intervals podcast with music at 160/165/170 beats per minute. The timing of this worked out well, in that the first increase in pace came at the first slight incline, so I shortened my stride and increased my pace. The second increase (after a 3 minute recovery) came on the long level bit, and I felt I was running along effortlessly. When the fastest speed interval started I was tiring, but by now I was back on the slight hill, but going down, so I felt good. I didn't complete the whole last fast session, as I wanted to keep to my 35 mins programmed run and not push myself too much. I felt I still had some energy left, so am looking forward to continuing to 40 minutes next time.
Just a nice, simple good run on a lovely day, in a lovely corner of the world!
The photo is my view from the road about 200m from home.