It is not a word I use, but it was a JOLLY GOOD RUN...
Training partner C. is back from England! Hmmmm, he is not sure whether he's going to pull it off, but he's training for a sub-3:30 marathon, so he is an ideal running partner for a once-a-week tempo run, even aside from his virtues as a conversationalist!
I think we will make this a regular Tuesday morning feature - I ran at my own pace over to the 86th St. intersection on the park loop, we met up there and ran the 4.5 or so miles up to 110th St. together, then I peeled off home and he ran the rest of the loop back down to 86th. It gives me a nice 8-miler with a hard-effort 40- or 45-minute stretch in the middle, and it can be C.'s easy day!
(I have not really been doing ANY harder-effort runs, so this is IDEAL!)
8 miles, avg HR 159, max HR 174 (I was definitely in the 160s and low 170s for most of the loop - it felt pretty great!)