I got stuck doing a short run this morning, thanks to a combination of oversleeping a little and having to wait an extremely long time for Garmin to find the satellites. (Seriously, if I have to start getting up extra early just to get a satellite I'm not going to be very happy!) By short I just mean I knocked a mile or so off of what I would have done had I not hit the sidewalk at 6:37, for goodness sakes.
Monday I was on the low end for an entirely different reason—well, lateness was definitely part of it, but also I was sore from a long (15+ miles) run on Sunday. I decided to take it easy and ran 5.5 miles at a glacial pace. Today I went 5.65 miles, but far quicker than Monday's shorter distance. My pace plan was mile 1 warmup; mile 2 at an accelerated pace; mile 3 slow again; miles 4 & 5 at accelerated pace; then the rest of the way home at a cool down pace.
It worked beautifully. Total time was 54:46, with an average pace of 9:41 per mile, but the splits look much better:
Mile 1—11:20 (I said warmup, didn't I?)
Mile 5.65—6:19 (9:41 pace)
It may not be race pace, but I'll take it.