Bathed in a chemical cocktail of sunscreen and bug repellent, I was out the door and on to the trails as the temperature climbed close to 80 degrees. I felt strong from the beginning and never let up. No doubt the result of a rest day yesterday and a very light day before that, combined with lowering the mileage lately as I'm in a light taper.
I cruised along the trails, dancing around and on top of the rocks with ease. The uphills seemed like mere speed bumps, and running the downhills felt like flying. It simply felt great. Was very happy with my pace given the technicality and hills of this route. And I wasn't even really pushing it.
Opted to leave the HR monitor off, since I was running shirtless and didn't want the strap soaked in a sweaty mix of bug dope and sunscreen.
Ran 7.5 miles @ 8:33/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - N/A
Upper 70s, partly cloudy.