Today marked my return to running as the snow is finally starting to melt and show signs of pavement. The parking lot around my apartment complex is clear and is a half mile loop, so decided I'd take advantage of the warm weather today and go out on a 5 mile run...which turned into 6 because I was having so much fun. The parking lot is a .5 mile loop and it has a slight incline on the first .2 miles which I never realized before.
I started off at a pretty quick pace for not being out running in 2 weeks, but I think part of that was just the excitement of getting to run again. I ran with the iPod my sister gave me since mine broke a few weeks back and it helped me get through the run, and I was able to use the timer on it to keep checking my pace. Overall I was happy with my splits, they were APPROXIMATELY:
Mile 1: 7:15
Mile 2: 7:45
Mile 3: 8:00
Mile 4: 8:00
Mile 5: 8:00
Mile 6: 7:20
After about mile 2 I was thinking to myself, well I haven't run in 2 weeks...maybe I'll do 3 miles and go home but then I decided I'd punish myself for thinking about giving up and add a mile at the end, and try to do it hard. For miles 4 and 5 I decided let's just relax and enjoy the run and then go as hard as possible on mile 6...at that's unfortunately all I had left in me!
After the run I had a nice strawberry-chocolate protein shake...yumm