Time to switch gears and begin the marathon training cycle. Enough of that 5K training foolishness. Although the 5K race itself wasn't so bad, I think 5K training is the pits, especially in the winter.
Focus for the next few weeks will be mainly on building base and working weekly mileage up in the 60's instead of 40's and 50's. Also extra emphasis on hills. Not much speed work or tempo runs yet, just some occasional strides or maybe take off for 5-10 minutes when the horses are neighing. Also a race each month for fun and to get a feel for where I'm at.
Had a very enjoyable, relaxed run today out toward Utah Lake. I was pleased to see my HR average in the low 140's while the pace was close to 8 min miles. Seems like I haven't been able to do this for a while.