Ran the dump loop, a 5.6 mile loop from my house that features a decent climb for a 1.8 mile stretch and a subsequent downhill on a dirt road. It also goes by the town dump, hence the name. I want to throw in some more road running this summer for two reasons: A) I'm in marathon training mode, and should do the paved surfaces more often. B) Deer flies aren't as bad with cars going by.
Speaking of deer flies, when on the aforementioned dirt road on the downhill, they were really bad. Hardly any cars use this road, so there were no wind blasts from traffic to provide relief. They were swarming in large numbers and quickly, making them difficult to kill. Thankfully, they weren't biting though.
Goal of this run was to get average sub-8 for the overall pace, and I was well below that. Felt good!
Ran 5.6 miles @ 7:36/mile pace.
Deer flies killed: 3
Paved and dirt roads.
Upper 70s, overcast, very humid.
Asics GT-2130, shorts, short sleeved shirt.