I just ran 4 days in a row for the first time in a while. I plan on running tomorrow afternoon with my Five and Dime group, so that should be 5 days in a row.
I ran an easy 5 miles today. Obviously, it was hot again. Mid 90's which is on par this week. I started around 10 minute pace on the first mile, which was my warmup. I didn't stretch. I just kept going. Nice and easy. I didn't want to push myself, because I wanted to make sure I would finish the 5 miles as I intended. I stopped twice. Once for a quick water break (about 20 seconds) at the 2.5 mile mark which is one lap around Lake Ivanhoe. I then stopped at 4 miles to bring my core temperature down just a little. I was overheating. I think I stopped for about 40 seconds.
I finished up in 45:12, which is about 9:02 average pace. I didn't stop my watch for my breaks, so including those, I ran the last 4 miles in 35:12 or 8:48 average pace. Not the greatest speed, but it was smooth.
Another day of putting miles in the tank. This is going to really pay off come fall. I can feel it.
And how bad do you want it? Today, while I was running, I saw a squirrel rolling an apple in the gutter. He tried and tried to lift the apple over the curb. I was ready to help the little fella, but what would be the point if it couldn't carry it up the tree anyway? That was really funny, though. That squirrel really wanted it bad. That would probably be like a person trying to carry a moose.