I've really been struggling with motivation since moving up here. Maybe not motivation exactly, but it's been difficult to figure out my schedule in a way that I can run and run well. Mornings - well, I just hate running in the mornings. Lunch time has been fine, but it has proven to be tricky to get out there in the middle of the day. Evenings have always been my go-to time, but I'm finding myself a little dead-legged at the end of the day. Part of that, I'm sure, is biking to school on that nice new single speed of mine. I love the bike, but it takes a little getting used to! The ride to campus is actually nice and comfortable and really feels almost leisurely - it certainly doesn't hit the "workout" limit - but I guess it's just something my legs, specifically my quads since I don't have clipless pedals, are used to doing.
Anyway, today I headed out with Kona just planning to run 20 minutes since I had a lot I wanted to get done this evening. We wound up with 2.25 at an 8:42 pace and it really felt remarkably easy - harder than my usual easy run, but nowhere near a tempo effort. I'm pleased. Maybe it's the cooler temperatures - it was in the lower 50s by the time I got out there tonight. A few more degrees and I'll be running in long sleeves!