Schedule said 4 easy miles at 9:58. Now normally that wouldn't be a problem. Tonight however, I was running in town, surrounded by other runners. I started off with a 9:28 mile. That's ok I thought, despite the first half being uphill, i'll settle down now. Mile 2 was very enjoyable as I settled into an easy rhythm...9:09. Mile three I was extremely aware of the chap running behind me, his heavy breathing started to bother me so I pushed on far enough for some quiet....8:29. As I reached the bridge ahead I turned left and he carried on, little did I know we would meet again. Mile four and I was cruising along, I went past a slower runner along the straight and fixed my eyes on the heavy breather who had taken a short cut. I ran strong with good form and felt great, I finished mile four in 8:15. I know I ran too fast according to the schedule but it felt good as everything recently has been slow. 7 miles (hills) tomorrow.
Have another couple of time trials in my schedule Jason, will be a little more prepared for what's required next time and hopefully I can knock a few seconds off.
Reached 100 miles for the month and 300 for the year this morning. 10 miles at 10 minute pace. Really good run around a quiet loop. Got dive bombed by a buzzard on the way round (that's a first) and someone stopped me and asked me to join their running club (another first) .