Well, I said when I posted my training plan for the week that unless I woke up this morning "feelin' fabulous" that I wouldn't be doing my tempo run today. Wouldn't you know it, throughout the day yesterday my calf tightness dissipated and when I woke up this morning - yep, I was certainly feeling fabulous. I honestly was feeling so well I could have forgotten that I ran a big race on Saturday if I didn't think I was still riding a total emotional high from it. :)
So, tempo run it was. BUT, I will say that I took it easy. By that I mean that when I normally do a tempo run I sometimes allow myself to get all crazy with the pace and if I'm feeling better than 10K pace I let myself get faster until I feel like I'm really working. Today I kept myself under control. Of course this meant I was gawking at my watch every 10 seconds, but hey, you do what you gotta do. I did my 10 minute easy warmup at a 9:37 pace, then I did 20 minutes at 8:11 pace (I was shooting for 8:12, so a second off is a win for me, IMO!), and finished up with a 10 minute cooldown at 9:10 pace. I felt good the whole time and I finished feeling like I had gotten in a good workout but didn't overextend myself. Woohoo!
Overall I ran 4.58 miles in 40:11. Yes, I certainly feel fabulous about that!