I almost skipped it. Came <this> close. It hit 30C on the thermometer today and I have a cutoff for running temperatures. But then, once the midgets were in bed (finally), I stepped outside for a moment and it was only around 20C with a breeze. Perfection.
So I quickly suited up and headed out. With 5 minutes of charge in my Garmin, I had my fingers crossed it would keep going for the whole run...
I also decided to take a new sports bra for a test run. I found a great one today - slightly padded with back clasp. You just can't find that in a bra for the smaller ladies (and I am so sick of pulling sweaty bras over my head). And I found it at SUPERSTORE of all places. For $16. I was so excited, I went back 2 hours later and bought a second one because I figured when word got out - they would sell out and I'd never get another!
I got them in purple and black, but it is also available in turquoise and grey. I wasn't sure how I would like the straps - since I am used to x-back or racerback bras, but I didn't notice it on the run and no chafing overall makes this one a win for the A/B crowd...
Ok - back to the run. I just did my regular loop around town. I was so happy I grabbed my headlamp. It got really dark really fast. By the time I hit the side of town without the sidewalks, it would have been too dangerous to run without one.
My pace was great - so steady and hovering around 6:39/k - my fastest pace in recent days due tot he knee pain. I think the extra rest I've taken was a wise decision. This run was completely pain free. I wanted to push myself a bit more than I have recently - I do have a 5k race next weekend and would love to finally see sub-30 in a race. So I set my goal at 30 mins for 4.5k...and I came in at 30 and change (with 2 walk breaks). Yay me!
Very happy after this run. I was starting to feel like this summer would be a complete bust after K100 and the aftermath on my body. Glad to see a light at the end of the tunnel.