Although I wasn't really practicing transitioning, I still wanted to be as fast as possible to really get the feeling of running immediately after riding. So I rolled up at home, brought my bike inside, transferred my Garmin to my wrist and change the sport setting, grabbed my Ipod, a few sips of water, and a couple Shot Bloks and I was off! Holy cow, I was not ready for that sensation! The entire 3 mile run my legs felt like lead. My first thought was how on earth people run a marathon after riding 100+ miles in an Ironman. Crazy. It felt like I was moving at a crawl, but when I looked down at my pace I was quite shocked to see a 9 min pace! Splits were 8:53, 9:03, and 9:20 for a 27:18 finish. The race is a 5k, but I figured this was close enough. I was pretty spent after, so I'm anticipating being wiped out after the race. But this was also a bit of a confidence booster. At least I know I can do 2/3, and back to back!
Now back to good ole running. I've been struggling a bit to follow my schedule for a number of reasons: tri training, work schedule, and dwindling daylight in the evenings. Since I usually work on the weekends, I've found that I have to move my long run around to whatever day I can fit it in, which means the other scheduled runs for the week often have to change. My speedwork/tempos have been virtually nonexistent. I just keep telling myself after the tri I can refocus on running (or just become obsessed with triathlons?). But for now, maybe it's a good thing I'm having to switch things up.
Anyway, I forced myself to get my run in yesterday after work. It was seriously the last thing I wanted to do after a long day at work and I was still a bit tired from my brick the day before. But then I just reminded myself of the phrase, "You'll never regret going for a run, but you may regret not doing it." So without going into the kitchen where the temptation of dinner lay, I changed and was out the door for a 5 mile run. Tried to take it as more of a recovery run, but still finished with a decent overall pace of 10:04. I'm finding lately that it's harder to go as slow as I used to!
Today was a day off so I chose to postpone my run til the evening and sleep in. Headed out the door just as the weather was cooling off and hammered out a longer-than-usual midweek run of 8 miles. Felt pretty good and actually had another sub-10 min paced run, with an average pace of 9:51. Highlights included my first rattlesnake sighting (!!), another deer sighting, and a lovely, cool breeze. Lowlights included having my face peppered with little bugs that come out in swarms along the river in the evening. 'Twas a pretty good run overall.