The weather was spectacular for the run this afternoon. 60 degrees F on Nov 7 is unexpected. I ran the usual 24-minute route, as you can see from the Runkeeper Activity link.
All started out well. I found my stride pretty quickly and ran a 9:20 pace in the first five minutes. The second five brought the overall pace down to 9:11, even with the tough uphill in the middle.
The third five was mostly downhill, and I used it well. I reduced the HR to the 140s, while picking up another 4 seconds on the pace, to 9:07.
But, as happened on Friday, Lakeside sent some weird quit vibe through the run. I had to fight off the urge to quit several times, and slowed a bit to keep the HR in the 150s. Nevada was equally tough. Once I crossed through 20:00, it got a bit easier, but it was still tough. I didn’t actually push too hard from there on, as has been my recent practice.
It does seems a shame that the last half of the run in such great weather was something far less than enjoyable.
So much of this is mental. Clearly, my body can handle the distance and the pace. It’s my mind that has a tough time. I’m learning pretty well to push through it, but it’s still pretty disconcerting to have to fight my brain through a run.
26:00 runs start next Sunday.