Ran 10.0 miles @ 7:50/mile pace. Progression.
Temps in upper teens. Partly cloudy.
Finally, I felt okay to run today. Energy felt normal, sinuses calmed down, and no more coughing up green stuff. Original plan was to do 10 miles at an easy pace. I ended up doing a pretty good progression run, and on one of my hillier routes to boot. This was a good welcome back. First two miles were with some fellow teachers who are getting into running, which made for a good warm-up.
Mile 1: 9:03 (w/u)
Mile 2: 9:28 (w/u)
Mile 3: 8:09
Mile 4: 8:04
Mile 5: 7:51
Mile 6: 7:50
Mile 7: 7:33
Mile 8: 6:59
Mile 9: 6:39
Mile 10: 6:53
Worth noting that through mile four I felt very rusty/not-warmed-up/whatever. Once again, felt progressively more at ease as the pace quickened. That was pretty obviously because of feeling warmed up.
I missed some key workouts with being sick, but after today I feel better about things now that I'm back in the saddle and put out a pretty good performance today. I've also officially registered for the Mid-Winter 10-mile Classic this Sunday. Will run 10-miles before the race (a few more details in my last blog).
Perhaps not worth noting, but I will anyway: I'm growing out my beard, and today produced a a nice array of snotcicles at the end of the run. This alone is a good enough reason to grow facial hair in the winter.