So, right there, a 15-degree temperature change gives me about a 30-second pace differential. But its more than that. On Aug. 23, I stopped for water twice and felt like I couldn’t go another mile. But today? No water until the end of Mile 7. And as you can see, my legs were really wanting to party with the 7:01 on Mile 3 and the 6:33 on Mile 7.
After the water break, I still wanted to run – however, it was time to get home to get dressed for work – so I threw in a little cooldown, and even that was pretty quick for a cooldown.
The key for the next few months, until the Dallas White Rock Marathon, is not to get too carried away. I’m gonna work around the 7:25 to 7:30 pace on non-recovery runs and try not to go any faster – no matter how good I feel.