Sunny skies and warm temps this afternoon had me jonesing for a run outside especially since it's been a while. I did just that, opting to run the 1.75 mile armory loop a few times from my school. Lower speed limits and less traffic on this loop made it a safer option, since the snow banks were tall (stomach high to overhead) and the puddles were large (you could probably catch a fish in a few of them).
Felt great, and for the first several miles I cruised along at a slow pace, which has become comfortable. I wondered if I could still go fast and do so comfortably. Been a long while since I've done that. Opted to drop the hammer the last mile and a half and see how it felt. I was somewhat surprised at how easy and natural it came, despite not doing speed work in a long while. I ran the last mile in 6:25 and still felt I had a lot left in the tank. Cool.
Ran 7.0 miles @ 7:47/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - N/A
Paved roads, patches of slush and puddles.
Mid 30s, sunny.
Shorts, fleece jacket, short sleeved shirt, beanie, gloves.