It was ME verses the BUGS today on my morning long run. Swarms of gnats and bugs hung out by the trees and even by the telephone poles. If I would see the swarms I would dodge to avoid them. At least 3 bugs met an unfortunate death down my throat as I coughed, hacked and attempted to spit it out. Finally only washing it down with water would get rid of the bug stuck to the side of my throat. Watching me run must have been humorous. Picture a a crazed woman running down the canal waving her arms and weaving while coughing. The bugs are coming! The bugs are coming!
Today I considered running to a 5K race and running home but John didn't want me running up 7th street and plus the total miles would have been too high. I ran 10 miles total but on the way back something happened to my Garmin, probably because I was hacking up a bug and hit a button turning off my Garmin. Either that or I just plain forgot to hit start again. My paces out were 9:17, 8:16, 8:15, 8:17, 8:26. On the way back I picked it up a little bit and probably ran 8:10's.
I've decided to revise my goal pace to 8:10's. The 8:00's weren't happening and I was getting discouraged. I hope if I can run 8:10's in training, then on race day I can hit the 8's. And if not, I have another half in February.