I had the day off today, and I took advantage of the 90 degree heat this afternoon with some mile repeats at a local high school near my home. I wanted to run 5 repeats at 5:50, but after a 12-mile progressive run yesterday, there wasn't much spring in my legs. I ended up running the following splits, wit a quarter mile slow jog between repeats:
Mile Repeat 1: 5:44
Mile Repeat 2: 5:57
Mile Repeat 3: 5:57
Mile Repeat 4: 5:56
Mile Repeat 5: 6:02
Did I mention it was 90 degrees and breezy? But I was still disappointed, particularly given the extra rest I was afforded between repeats 3 and 4 due to a unfortunate, but necessary, bio break. 6:02??? Given how hard I worked for it, I should be okay with the result, but I can't help but think that Quenton Cassidy would next have let something like this happen, and his repeats would have been at 4:30.
Today's saving grace was the Saucony Grid Type 4A kicks I was wearing for the first time. They felt light and comfortable, and I think they'll be perfect for the upcoming 5Ks I'm scheduled to run the next two weekends. More importantly, they didn't hurt my feet, which are conditioned to quiet a bit more support with the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 11 trainers that I wear for virtually all of my runs.
Looking forward to a scheduled day off tomorrow.