I can’t explain it.  I’ve been mostly doing easy triathlon training.  I try to get in 2 workouts each day with neither being that long.  Trying to improve my swimming, finally get comfortable on a bike, squeeze in a little running.  A couple weeks ago I hit 55 miles running for the week.  Ok but nothing worth writing about.  Earlier this week I got on a treadmill and it was all I could do to hold a 6:15 pace for 2 miles.  I took that to mean I’m in pretty lousy shape and need to get to work.

Then today I went out for my lunch time run.  I planned to just do an easy 4 miles with a pushup set every mile.  Get in a good swim later.  After a quarter mile warmup, I clocked my first mile in 7:40 and did some pushups.  I was a little surprised at the pace and decided to just go with it.  Mile 2 split was 6:22 but still felt easy so I kept pushing.  Miles 3 & 4 came in at 5:50 and 5:39.  I was breathing by this point but still felt pretty good. Took an easy quarter mile cool down and went back to work.  Changed my swim to an easy 30 minutes focusing mostly on stroke count and cutting a clean line through the water.

I keep wondering what happened.  Maybe all the sugar I ate this morning?  Everyone at work decided to bring in sweets today and I woke up late, skipping breakfast (meaning – ate my share of the cookies).  Did I hit one of Csikszentmihalyi’s ‘flow states‘?  Do I just hate treadmills for the miserable apparatuses they are and run better outside?  I don’t know.  I lost my heart rate monitor strap for a couple weeks (found it under my desk later today) so I don’t have any rpm data.

I don’t know what happened.  Some days you just run faster.