It's been a good week of running so far. The Jeff Galloway program I'm doing sets up three runs a week. Day 1 is a pace run, but I've been treating it as a 30 minute threshold run. Day 2 is a maintenance/recovery run and Day 3 is a long, slow distance run. These are done Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Tuesday went great. I felt like I had a lot of power on tap and that it was easy to move fast. I pulled an 11:11 pace for 30 minutes, which is quite good for me. My personal best is in the 10 minute range on a 5K. It didn't feel all that tough, but my heart rate monitor verified that I was working hard.
Thursday was different. I started at what I thought was a slow pace and was shocked when Runkeeper told me I was running 11 minutes a mile. I was aiming for closer to 13. As I tried to slow my pace, my legs started to hurt and the last mile was tougher than it had any right to be.
Tomorrow I'll do a 5 mile run. I'm excited about adding some real distance again.