Tonight, it was reasonably warm out -- roughly 27 degrees C although the "humidex" apparently was at 32. Johnny wanted us doing a light workout -- so a maximum of 7 miles out and back, but with the second half faster than marathon pace.
Of course, the joy of running down the paths along the Thames River in London Ontario is that the way back (when we step up the pace) is upstream, as it were.
Here are my splits:
5:14 (pace - 780 m.)
4:50 (pace - 770 m.)
I got through the first 4 km back to Gibbons Park and passed the water stop at the forks of the Thames -- but I didn't stop because I thought I had it in me to keep the pace for the full 3.5 miles back. I was wrong, and my time fell apart as I climbed the Harris Park hill.
The overall average pace was 5:02 -- so just a hair over a 3:30 marathon pace. My pace for the 3.5 miles back was 4:41 per km (7:32 per mile), which wasn't terrible considering the heat.
On the plus side, I worked hard the entire way, and my legs were tired at the end. But I didn't overheat. So, all in all, I was happy with the run.