With all the "speedy" reports lately, something tells me that I busted a plateau. My schedule was a bit off today because I did my long run on Sat - and since I normally don't run on Monday, I thought I would go out this afternoon if my foot felt ok and do an easy 3 miles. EASY 3 miles. To make that point to myself I decided not to look at my Garmin until the end of the run (I still can't bring myself not to wear it....I am such a geek). I would hear the mile splits when they happened but not look at the times.
At 7 pm it is still warm - about 85 deg F and 59% humidity (not too bad on humidity). With the sun low in the sky it was not too hard to run in. So I took off on my 3 mile route - nice and easy. When I felt myself straining I just slowed it down. I did challenge myself by not stopping for walking breaks - just a brief stop (yes I stopped the watch) to tie my shoe.
3.1 miles in 31:40. OMG! 31:40 is almost the fastest I have run that distance all year! Just a 5K race and one fast tempo run exceeded that. I wasn't trying to run fast, honest!
I think that my overall pace has simply picked up. It doesn't appear to be a fluke.