Yesterday morning I went on my morning 12 miler. I had the alarm set for 5:45am so I could hit the road around 6am and return by 8:30am. That would give me enough time to shower, eat and get to synagogue by 10am..."day of rest", right?
Anyhow, for some reason I woke up at 3:30am...and then I was anxious that I would sleep through my alarm and not get my run in - so I kinda-sorta went in and out of a light sleep for the next two hours. :-(
The run itself was nice and uneventful. I took a new route - the 12 milers that I did last year leading up to the marathon were more rural and this was more suburban. Looking over my splits, it ends up that I got a bit faster after mile 3 and stayed there for the next 9 miles (my heart rate stayed up there as well...oh well, so much for a long, "easy" run).
Final stats: 12.17 miles, 2:11:10, 10:47/mile pace with a 157 avg HR.
Looking over my training for the past few weeks, I see that I really need to add some more speedwork. I have done some pace runs, but no interval training. I think it's time. The half marathon is in five weeks, so I better start working on this NOW!