10.44 mi, 1:28:41, 8:30 avg, elev gain 140 feet
This run was supposed to be Saturday's run but I didn't want to have to run super early alone in the dark before Thomas's meet or after the meet when it would get hot. Scheduled run was 1.5 warm up, 4x3miles @ MP, with 3 min rest between, followed by 1.5 warm down. Wanted to start a little earlier but got delayed and started about 7:20, but still felt pretty good starting out. Cheated a little by finishing my warmup at the top of a hill.
I ended up not running the 15ish miles and did not finish 4x3miles. Did the first three after the warmup at about a 7:50 pace, would like to have been faster but I'd be happy with a 7:50 average pace marathon, so ok. First set started out ok with 7:44 for first mile but I was feeling really worn down. The mile was actually slower for most of it until I bargained that I'd stop, regroup and try again. Could not get back to goal pace, it suddenly felt difficult to maintain any pace.
There was a fountain nearby, but not chilled, so drinking the water was not refreshing but pouring some one me helped. At about 7.5 miles into the run, decided to take a left hand turn off of the trail early and head back to the house. Other option was to gut out the next 7.5 miles to at least make my long run goal. But, I decided on finishing early and trying again on Sunday which was supposed to be 7-10 miles easy.
Summertime running with goal paces can be challenging, summer heart rate training is much easier feeling.