What a beautiful morning to get back into the flow of training. I missed being in training mode for the last month with taper and recovery. It was 59 degrees, clear sky, and a very slight breeze when I took off this morning right before the sun came up. As the sun rose over the moutain I couldn't help but think how great it was that I was out running on this perfect morning. Soon it will be close to 100 degrees at that time in the morning, so I took in every breath with joy.
I decided I better get started on training for the downhill of UVM today, so I ran up, up, up the highest paved road in Havasu the long, less steep way. It was 8 miles to the top from my house and 1000 foot gain. Then I turned around and ran down, down, down the short, steeper way back to my houses... 5 miles with the 1000 foot drop.
I ran up keeping my effort on the hard end of easy. I averaged 7:41 per mile. When I turned around, I kicked it up to tempo effort and averaged 6:20 per mile on the way down. It felt great to cruise down the mountain.
Total run 13 miles, 1:33:11, AP 7:10