The plan was 5X800 intervals, with 400 a yard rest. I tempered my pace a bit because of the heat and humidity:
Interval 1: 4:20 (8:45 pace)
Interval 2: 4:19 (8:42 pace)
Interval 3: 4:25 (8:53 pace)
Interval 4: 4:23 (8:46 pace)
Interval 5: 4:21 (8:46 pace)
Add to it 3.25 mile warm up and a 1 mile warm down, and I ended up putting in 8 miles. 8 sweaty, soggy miles. In fact, I went to look for quarters on the ground after my last interval (you know, put your hands on your knees and double over) and my hands actually slipped off my knees. That how wet my legs were.
So, these intervals were a little slower than my last set of 800s, but I felt pretty good. It was tiring for sure, but I think a lot of that was the heat and humidity doing their thing.
Today's run is up in the air. I have 11 miles on the plan, but I need to get packed for my trip this weekend and I haven't had a chance to do so. My concern is finding all my backpacking gear, as it's been several years since I last used it. And that really means that I need to pack with enough time to make sure I can hit up REI for any last minute stuff I can't find. It's the little things (e.g., waterproof matches, clothing layers, etc.) that can be a problem if they are forgotten. There is a low pressure system blowing through this weekend, which means temperatures potentially in the 30s. If I don't have "it" with me, I'll have to do without. Warm clothing layers is not one of those things that I want to do without. Jeez - I still need to think about a menu for three days. We'll have to see how work progresses today. But now that I think of it, the run is probably in jeopardy.
The mountains is calling!