I woke up at 5 AM to hear pouring rain and all I could think about was how wet my feet were going to get during today's run. Fortunately I fell back asleep waking a couple hours later to clear skys and sun. Following a long, slow trail run (Tuesday) and speed work (Wednesday), today's plan was to run 12ish miles on flat roads at under 7 minute pace. I feel like these workouts will be a good foundation for speed work and help me in races longer than 10 miles.
In honor of the new Google+ UI design launched yesterday I wore white (#whitespace).
Equipment list: today's sunny skys mean the opportunity to try the multilaser blue lenses in my new Rudy Project Genetyk glasses. Unlike most of the sunglasses I use, the Genetyk has a slightly larger single piece lens. With better visibility over the nose bridge it's beter suited for cycling or cross country skiing but still makes a good pair of running sunglasses. I also tried a new pair of shorts today - the Salomon EXO Motion shorts. These shorts have more material and are heavier than the Twin Skin EXO S-Lab shorts but also have a built in "bike short" style liner. Having used both I prefer the lighter and more sparten S-Lab version - especially in warmer weather conditions. Shoes: XR Crossmax. Shirt: ActiLite zip t-shirt.
The run was pretty uneventful. I took my usual route North on the Stevens Creek Trail to the Bay Trail; around the Google campus and Shoreline Park. My pace averaged under 7 minutes per mile as planned. Overall I felt good and much stronger at the end of the run than I did after similar runs in January / February. When May rolls around I'd like to start doing this kind of workout at sub 6:30. We'll see how that feels at the end of the run. :-)