The day after a longer than normal long run day is usually tough. I'm usually stiff legged, a bit sluggish and it's a slow plod. All day I've been tired but I think that is due to being quiet busy today and I knew I had to still fit in an eight mile run. To say I almost bailed out of it would be putting it lightly.
The only reason I didn't bail out of it was because Mandy was heading to the gym and so I thought I better do something.
I borrowed Mandy's AfterShokz headphones and just enjoyed running to the music. As soon as I started running I felt really fresh, really awake and I just relaxed in to a comfortable rhythm. I headed out on to the cycle path and then headed around 'the loop', I have lost count how many times I've ran around this part of the path but it's traffic free and I can just concentrate on running, loop after loop, and I'm only ever half a mile away from the flat.
With that in mind, 5 laps was the plan and they flew by!
I was even more surprised when I looked at my pace for the miles once I got home, it actually turned in to an unplanned progression run.
Considering yesterday was a 20 mile run, I didn't expect to get anywhere near the 7:20 let along 6:54! No doubt I'll feel it tomorrow morning for my easy 6 miles before work or worst still, on Tuesday at track!