I was planning on doing my normal routine to the gym on the 23rd, but I ended up just running instead. It was a great feeling to abandon my plan and run for so long. I think it's a distance record for me. I know I have a lot of improving to do in my distance running, but this run felt awesome, and by no means was I at the point of exhaustion when I finished. Here are the data from the Forerunner:
The path was interesting, too, because I found another small pond below the reservoir. I ran down and around it, then I made my way back uphill to the reservoir and ran around that as well. Something that stands out is my very consistent pace, with the exception of a few stalls. I'm not entirely sure what they are, except for the spike around 40' where I think I was adjusting my iPod. Overall I think this is a great pace and I'll strive to maintain it.
I've resolved to change my weekly schedule and incorportate a lot more running at the expense of the strength training. The lifting routines have been going much better lately, and I'm getting a lot stronger, but I think I would do well to prepare for more intense, longer runs.
I'll likely run Monday, Wednesday and Friday with strength training on Tuesday and Thursday, then a long weighted buddy run on the weekend with one day of rest. I'll also be changing my runs from weighted with the vest to weighted with a backpack at the suggestion of someone who had previously completed the Goruck Challenge (See Ben O'Grady's Review).