I woke up this morning feeling really tired. All my seminary students were tired as well, but we survived class. I changed at the church and headed straight to the island for my fast running day. I sure could have used a little caffiene, but didn't have any so I drank a sip of water and started my warm up. I did a 2 mile warm up along with my usual running drills I do on fast days, butt kicks, high skips, running backwards, and bounding. I do 3 sets of each during the warm up run. My two miles was up and I wasn't feeling too much better. I decided to give it a go anyways.
The plan 2 x 3 miles (goal 19:30). The first mile of the first repeat felt ok, but the second one felt horrible. I was about to call it a day about 3/4 the way through the second mile because I was so tired. I even took half a walk step and reached to stop my watch, but before I hit the button I changed my mind and decided to go for it and see what happened. I ended up finishing the first 3 mile repeat in 19:16. I was spent though. I took my half mile recovery very slowly, but it went by way too fast. Then I starte on the second repeat. It actually wasn't as bad as the first and I finished it in 19:19. Then 1 1/2 mile cool down to finish my 10 mile run.
The cool thing was on each of my repeats each mile got faster. First repeat (6:28, 6:25, 6:21). Second repeat (6:30, 6:26, 6:21). Today was a good mental exercise, pushing through the will to stop and being able to still hit my goal. Hopefully it makes me a stronger runner.