Now, I must preface this by saying that it's still way early and I may crash and burn soon enough. But I made a resolution to myself that I would become an early morning riser at the start of this new training cycle no matter what.
So far, so good. Here's a sampling:
Tuesday: 8.3 miles @ 8:33 pace (+ 10 x 100m strides)
6:01 am start. Heartrate/effort way high (did I really lose fitness that fast?). Hailed/rained towards the end of the run, experienced hot spots at the bottom of feet, most likely due to wet shoes and socks.
Wednesday: Gym - no running
6:00 am start. Chest + core workout. Never been to my gym that early before. Sure beats the 5-7pm crowd.
Thursday (today): 7 miles @ 8:22 pace
6:12 am start. Heartrate still very high for the pace I was running. The majority of the run was spent wondering if there was something wrong with me. Had 9 miles on schedule but cut it short due to time constraints. Sucks, but may have to use the start of this plan to merely get myself back into 'running shape'.
Goals for half-marathon may have to be scaled back a tad at this rate. We shall see.