Saturday’s RUN: 8 miles, 1:13:20 (9:09 pace)
The first 5.5 miles were difficult, but I was hanging in there with 8:30ish minute miles. I started hitting hills and really struggled, pulling a 10:30 minute mile. I can’t even remember the last time I ran a mile that slow. I finished the last mile in 9:15, but felt like I was really pushing to get that.
I’m surprised that I’ve been struggling with the hills so much, recently. I think it’s because I’ve been focusing so much on my pace. Before, if I came to a difficult hill it didn’t matter how slow I ran it. I was also really psyching myself out. It’s amazing how mental running can be, and I was not helping myself out on this run.
I’ll continue working on hills and my pace! I’ll probably try to run similar milage for the next two weeks.