1. I installed a new comment system so it will be easier for me to reply to commenters! Yay :)
2. I had a tempo run on the schedule this morning. 3 miles at 9:30ish with a warm and a cool. I confess, on tempo and speed days, I often blow off some or most of the cool down. It would be nice to cool down for a mile, but it's also nice to sleep an extra 10 minutes. True story. I did do the Insanity stretching routine though. I had to come inside to take care of some business mid-run, which lost me a few minutes too.
But I managed 2.5 tempo miles around the right pace. I'll admit, it was a bit challenging. I don't know if I would have been successful at keeping that pace had I not been on the treadmill. Which is the beauty and the curse of the treadmill. I can almost always run on the 'mill at a prescribed pace, which I do believe helps my overall speed--but I don't often get a chance to do speedwork on the streets, which is a hinderance come race day. I've found that my Garmin is still useful on the treadmill because I can mark the laps and know my exact paces for each mile.
3. On Saturday, I will do my longest run EVER. At my last half marathon, I probably walked another couple miles after I completed my race as I found a friend and helped her complete the race. But I've never set out to run more than a half marathon and this weekends training run is 14 miles. I have no doubt I can do it, and I'll probably do okay with my pace too. It's exhilarating and intimidating at the same time!
(who started Three Things Thursday on running blogs anyways? I read it on several different blogs, so I decided to join in--when I remember--but it's always been a curiosity to me.)