It was a beautiful day and I decided to skip my morning run yesterday and go at lunch with my ironman, marathon runnin' co-worker gal (I knew she'd push me). Perfect idea! It was fantastic outside and she pushed the pace (for me anyway ). I knocked off 8 km in just over 40 minutes. That's at a faster pace than any previous 5 km's I've run so it all turned out great. I kept up and wasn't dying so I'm very, very happy about the outing. I'm going to make today my rest day and then back at it over the weekend. This has been a very good running week for me. I did 12 kms on the trails this past Sunday, ran 10 kms to work (carrying my pack with clothes and lunch at -4 degrees) on Tuesday, and then yesterday's 8 km at a new, faster pace for me. I've kept up with 100 crunches each morning and did a solid upper body workout on Wednesday. Got to finish it off right and do my pull-ups tonight (which have been lacking). And that'll do it. Just awesome! Tomorrow will be either hills or trails. Probably hills. Sunday will do a lower body session.