I have another small cold. A few days ago, Jerry woke up extremely congested out of nowhere; last night, the same thing happened to me. I woke up all congested and snotty this morning. Awesome. This time it's a real cold, and not just a minor symptom.
I took two days off after my long run on Thursday, so I didn't want to skip today's run, even though I really wanted to. On the schedule today was a three-mile tempo run at 8:02-8:18/mi pace. The weather was pretty decent this morning--about 65 degrees and overcast. Much better than Thursday's run!
It's been a while since I've done a proper tempo run outside, so I wasn't sure how it was going to feel. But 8:02-8:18/mi is a pretty fast pace for me, so I knew it would be a tough run. Normally, I would have tacked on a warm-up, but because I wasn't feeling good, I just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible.
Just about a quarter mile into the run, I was already wondering if I'd be able to do it. I was breathing pretty hard. Why is it that a three mile run feels like forever even though it's the shortest distance I run?! During the second mile, my breathing was really loud. I'm pretty sure I sounded like I was dying. I kept coming up with reasons to stop and walk instead of finishing it out, but I knew my body was capable of finishing. Tempo runs are tough!
Instead of going right home, I ran past my street until I reached three miles, and then I walked a half-mile until I was home. The weather was SO nice, and it felt good to cool down with a slow walk. I did really well with keeping my pace where it needed to be for a tempo run:
I was really excited that I managed to do so well at keeping a pretty consistent pace. And running hard like that always makes me feel good for the rest of the day. I forgot to put my heart rate monitor on before running, and I was disappointed that I couldn't see the data from that.
After I showered, I made some breakfast. I very rarely crave eggs for breakfast, but today I wanted them in the worst way. I made scrambled eggs with shredded potatoes and pepper jack cheese folded in. It was so good! I've eaten a lot of junk this week, so I was in the mood for something less processed.
But speaking of processed food, check out the deal I got on my favorite flavor of Clif Bar yesterday!
A box of 7 bars for $3.50; I bought all 7 boxes that they had. See how the box is a little bent in the corners? That's why they were marked down. The expiration date is December 2013, which is good, because I now have 49 bars to eat ;)