My legs were feeling fresh on Thursday so I decided to go for a long run. I've mapped out a 9.1 trail that runs around the National Mall.
Do you ever have one of those days where your legs move faster than you thought they could? When you look down at your watch and think it must be broken? That was Thursday. I hit my first mile at 9 minutes and hardly slowed. I finished the run at a 9:15 pace. I haven't done that in a while.
After the long run on Thursday, I knew Friday's run was going to be a slog. I'd like to get to the point where my slow runs are about 60 minutes at conversation pace, but lately I've been finishing my 5 mile runs in about 50 minutes, so I expanded my usual trail by going around the Lincoln Memorial rather than in front of it. That added 0.3 miles. I think next time I may run around the Capital Building rather than in front of it as well.
I also won the weight loss contest at work. 22 lbs. earned me first place in the overall weight loss contest. I'm now $415 richer -- which means I've basically broken even considering all of the weight loss contests I've participated in over the years.