Why did I not go for 6+ weeks? Sleep. Although marathon training runs started at 6:30, and post-marathon Sunday runs start at 8, I still could not mange to get out of bed. I live 30 minutes from where we meet, which means if I don't drag myself out of bed by 7 AM I won't make it. Today I was determined to make it. I wanted to get in a quality run with my fellow club members.
I wasn't sure how far I wanted to run, or even what pace. When we set out, I thought 6 sounded good. 8:30 pace felt good. Then, I got talked into running 10 miles at a progressive pace, having our average be 8:15 at the end, with a mile or two under 8:00/mile pace.
The run seemed hard to me, but I think that is beacuse I'm not used to running in the morning. I do 95% of my runs in the mid or late afternoon/early evening and 8 AM is far different. But, I am so glad I got to run with the group. It was not the group I trained with for Chicago, and I didn't know a few of the guys, but it was a good time none the less.
Could I have started my Sunday any better? I don't think so.