Jenny and I were in Hamilton for most of the day, to watch Karen's thesis presentation (which went very well -- she was voted top presenter in her division!). So by the time we got back, it was about 6 pm and I really didn't want to run. It was a nice enough day (sunny and 9 degrees C.), but I was tired already and there was a brisk wind (17 km/h) from the northwest, which I knew would make parts of the run challenging. But I sucked it up and went out -- and I'm glad I did. Here are my splits:
Out (target 8:31)
Back (target 7:35)
7:56 (directly into the heavy wind)
For that last mile, I didn't look at my watch. I just kept pushing away into the wind at an exertion level at least that of my previous 3 miles. Overall, my pace was 7:57, so I was pretty pleased with it overall. The legs are feeling strong -- although the leg with the injured hamstring is still a long way from being 100%.
This was the last "tempo run" before Boston, so I'm quite happy to be facing full "taper mode" after the 12 mile "long" run on Sunday.