When I go running in New Hampshire I start off with a hill. At the top there is another, steeper hill. I’m not joking – there is a short flat, then more climbing. So my first mile or so are always the slowest part of my runs.
It’s different on Cape Cod. The run is relatively flat from beginning to end. The issue is that I always start too fast and crash and burn at some point.
Today I went running and sure enough, the first five minutes had me at better than a 6 minute 30 second mile. My usual is around a minute a mile slower. I felt good though, and kept pushing it. I was slowing down, but not having too much trouble. The problem is, my legs wanted to continue at that pace but my lungs and heart, well, they wanted me to slow down a little.
At the end of a slightly over 4 mile run I averaged a 7 minutes and 9 seconds, shaving a couple of seconds a mile off of my previous best for four miles, at least since I’ve been using this app, which is about 2 years.
A big smile there.
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