Wow, I've gotten slow. I attempted a tempo run this morning. So, I knew that I wouldn't be cranking out 6:30 tempo runs like I was doing in prep for the Country Music Marathon. That just wasn't a realistic expectation because I took what amounted to about 5 weeks off and because it is STINKING HOT! So I opted for a more modest 7:00 pace.
I was struggling after 2 miles at that pace. Really. Struggling. But I made it 3 miles at about a 6:55 overall pace. But I couldn't have maintained that for much longer. I have work to do. I'm pretty sure that I need to give up on 3:00 this year. It just doesn't seem realistic at this point.
I was glad to have Matt there to endure the misery with me.