My lungs loved the oxygen-saturated air at 955 ft. above sea level (I guess training at 6,300 ft. really does work). For the first three miles I felt like The Running Man. So I kept pushing and ended up averaging 8:50/mile over 10 miles. That's a full minute per mile faster than I averaged during the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon on June 10 in Denver! My two fastest miles were mile seven (8:26) and eight (8:29) and I finished strong with a sub-9:00 mile ten.
So was it my attitude, the altitude or the delicious tenderloin filet (yes, tenderloin is one of the 29 lean cuts of beef) I had for dinner last night at the Olde Main Brewery in downtown Ames? Whatever the reason, today's run boosted my confidence several notches and I am feeling good about my training with 10 days left to Vineman.
Bring it on!