Uff da. That's all I have to say about my tempo run today. I had 6 miles on the schedule with 4 of them at a tempo pace of 8:23. I started off just dandy, but about a 1/4 of a mile into the first tempo mile I was huffing and puffing! Ugh. I compromised with myself, that I could cut the run to 5 miles instead of 6. Then further compromised that I only had to do 2 miles at the tempo pace, but if I didn't hit the pace, I would have to do a 3rd (I'm a hard coach, what can I say? :p).
It was soooooo nice running when the sun is up (gotta love my late Thursday work schedule!). But unfortunately, I was WAY TOO overdressed for the run. I'm used to running in 35* after dark and getting colder, not 38* with the sun up and getting warmer. I was a sweaty mess.
I did 5 miles in 44:49 for a pace of 8:58. I did miles 2 & 4 as my tempo miles.