This week was a rest week as part of my two on, one off training schedule. So, my long for the week was only 8 miles. I decided that because it was a shorter distance than I am used to for my long run, I would use it as a tempo run. After starting off with a 4 mile warm up, I hit the halfway point and kicked it into gear. I dug deep and was able to knock out 3 miles at 7:29, 7:34, 7:32. While not my greatest 1 mile splits, I am happy with them because the snow/slush made it harder than normal to keep a steady pace without losing my footing.
The fast 3 miles allowed me to negative split the run with a 31:45 (7:54 pace) on the out and a 30:35 (7:37 pace) on the back.
On top of my great run, I took a step this week to keep myself safe on my long runs and bike rides – I bought a RoadID. Steve in a Speedo recently posted a 20% coupon code (good until March 15th). Head on over there if you are interested and give him some love. The code saved me $6 off the final price.
I ended up going with the WristID Sport model in black. The website was very easy to use and had a nice customization area to see exactly how your choices would print. It should arrive on Monday or Tuesday. I am excited to get it, but I am hoping that I never actually have to use it!