On the schedule for today? 6.5 miles. Got up at 6am, fed the dog and let her out to do her deal. Took a look around the kitchen, let her in and went back to bed. Not an auspicious start to the day.
Slept like the dead for 2.5 more hours and only woke up when the dog shifted against my leg (yep, she's still in the bed). Laid there for another 10-15 minutes arguing with myself: just get out and do eeet!, no it can wait until tomorrow and then I can shift my other runs off by a day, just go!, but the bed is so warm and comfy...get the drift? I call it the Bargaining Stage of Running.
In the end I did get up and run:
6.5 miles (7 with the .5 mile cool-down)
13:34 pace/mile (weird, since I thought I was 'turtle-ing' it)
Weather: started at 32 degrees, ended at 40 degrees
It is the longest distance I've run in a quite a while, maybe a year plus, and I found a few areas of opportunity:
1. Getting out later only solidified the theory that I'm a morning runner
2. Hydration is King and will need to carry some sort of bottle
3. Nutrition could be a good thing to think about when I add more miles, maybe eat something ahead of the run (I usually have a cup of tea and out the door)
4. Some other stuff that came to me in mile 6 but are gone now ;-)
Next week the miles taper off some, so will have time to work things out.