We got a late start, around 11am, because I was up late watching the movie District 9. (It was just "OK") The weather was great, it was FINALLY sunny, so I decided to take my camera along and take a few pictures of the storm damage from last week.
I wanted to run this one at my new long run pace of 8:20. I'm going to have to hit that if I am going to hit the marathon pace of 7:38 for my 3:20 marathon. At least that is what the pace leprechaun on my shoulder tells me - Run 40 seconds slower pace and to burn things. Silly leprechaun.
It didn't take long to see some of the flooding. This water has been standing for 3 or 4 days. Arizona is NOT supposed to have standing water.
The run progressed and around 3 miles we saw our first downed tree (of about 20 or so for the run). It was over the sidewalk! So, my wife got a chance to practice her sweet bike ramping skills and I got a chance to practice my steeple chasing skills.
The run progressed and the miles went by. I was able to hold the 8:20 pace for the most part, only getting slowed down a few times by stoplights. They really messed with my flow at first, but I was able to find a good groove around mile 5 or so. Fortunately, the city of Chandler, AZ was nice enough to put some speed signs up to let me know if I was on pace. I mean, I was running close to like 7.4 MPH, but whatever...I guess.
Towards the end of the run, I decided to crank out 5 or so miles of MP at 7:45 to 7:50. They weren't as easy as they should be, but I didn't die - so, mission accomplished. As I turned by my house, I saw even more standing water. Crazy
Ok, back to watching football! Colts better step it up, they are down 17 - 13!