So yesterday, I had to run 5 miles. I talked to D who had day off. He hadn't run yet when I started home. He had mentioned he charged our Garmins. It was really nice out. He mentioned going to the gym because he runs faster there. I just wasn't in a gym kind of mood (I actually haven't been in a running mood, but that's besides the point). We both agreed to run at home. I got home and changed.
And we started our warm up (walking up a hill). I mentioned how I really had wanted to take SB to go get a beer. D had taken him to the vet earlier and SB had just wanted to chill outside. D thought that was a great idea. We both may have paused and REALLY thought about going home, leashing up SB and going to a bar. However we were already out, and dressed. We continued our walk and then parted ways.
I started my run and it was kind of ho hum, except I almost got hit by a car. Electric/hybrid vehicles really suck in terms of being able to hear them come up behind you. I got to where I normally take a walk break, and checked my watch. It said I had more to run. Hmm! Went up the Terrorist Dog Hill, which is now Crazy Dog Hill, came back down, and now it was time to walk. So I did. Got to USP Hill and usually the time to walk is coming down the hill. Again, still had to run. Bell South Way and Drug house, same thing. I got to walk up the hill at the Friday house (different than Drug house). What is going on? The watch dinged the Mile was over at 13:31.
Wait, what? I haven't pulled a 13:31 mile outside in so long, I almost forgot I could. I completed Mile 2 by German Shepherd Pass a little slower. Then I repeated the route. Again, the walking breaks were not at the "usual" spots. I was totally confused. I felt I was exerting a little more effort than usual, but not that much. Had I just become "lazy?" Had I not been trying? What was going on? Who knows? My legs felt good. Mile 3 was faster than Mile 2. Mile 4 seemed to go much slower (and it was). OK, I finally finished the loop. Only .75 miles more.
At this point, I really didn't care about my time, because I was so excited about Mile 1. I checked once and saw I was going much slower than I should be. I picked it up. I decided to run the whole .75 miles, with no walk break. And then I was done.
I was still in disbelief as I walked home (600 feet). I walked into the house, and D asked if I ran the whole thing. I said yes, and he said I had picked up some speed. He expected me in another 10 minutes. I said, I was pretty sure I was way faster than the last time I ran that route 2 weeks ago. I checked my watch, and sure enough...8 minutes and 31 seconds faster.
Just have to keep this up.