Knowing that I'm spending the afternoon and evening in the old town (and that will probably involve visting a pub or two) I knew I needed to get today's run in this morning.
First thing I noticed when I stepped outside was that it was cold. Not Colorado cold, but definitely chilly in a short sleeve tech shirt and a pair of compression shorts. Half a mile in, I was sucking wind (literally) and struggling against the gale which was constant. I wasn't feeling all that spry to begin with and this sort of clinched it. No time improvement today.
One and a half miles up the beach, I turned around and enjoyed the benefit of having the wind at my back. I definitely ran faster, but I was also pretty spent at this point and my heart rate was up into the 160 range. I still managed to keep up a sub 9:30 pace on the last mile, but I was feeling it.
This chart sort of shows the contrast between the first and second half of the run:
Saturday is looking less windy and a little warmer but wet. Might have to see about a point-to-point run with my wife providing transportation back to the condo afterword. Something to think about.
I'm going to see what I can do to get another strength workout in tomorrow. At the very least, it would be good to keep strengthening those core muscles.