Distance: 5 mi
OK… now I’m gettin’ pissed…
Well… ok… not really.
Yet another day of flirting with the magical 8 minute barrier for a run over 5 miles. It was odd this morning in that it felt like the pack went out slow. Maybe I was just pushing because I was trying to get below 8s, but they didn’t seem to take off until about mile 3. Until then they were bunched up and clogging up the trail and I couldn’t get around! That’s it… I’ll blame the fast runners. They were going too slow…
Since it is dark in the morning now and hard to read my watch, I have been trying to concentrate on “feeling” my pace. Checking my turnover and stride, monitoring my breathing and focusing on relaxing my upper body. The watch is still there but I am using it more as a backup and a way to confirm that I am feeling my pace correctly. I think that, as I slowly continue to improve my times, this will be more and more important.
I think where I am the most careless or lose concentration the quickest is on the flats. Ups and downs usually get my attention enough to concentrate on them. But if I am going to slow down, it seems to be on the flats. I really think this is a concentration issue. When I hit the flats, my mind wanders once I hit my pace and I am prone to slowing down. It’s a bad habit. One of many.