11.46 mi, 1:41:15, 8:50 avg
Today's run was 60 minutes easy, followed by 10x(1min 5k/1min MP), then 20 minutes easy. At first it didn't sound bad but then I realized it might be kind of rough. 84 degreees, some clouds and fairly shaded course mostly in Westlake Village. First part easy felt a little harder and that was even with backing off the pace to adjust for heat index.
After the easy part, topped off my handheld, took a gel, then got started. Speed portion did not go great, not a total disaster in that I did all 10 repeats, but fell way short of mainining "marathon pace" for the minutes between 5k pace. I did what I could. 5k pace portions were not quite what I hoped for. But the main thing was I did not give up.
Last 20 minutes of "easy pace" after the intervals felt better and was a little faster than the first 60 minutes of easy pace.
It definitely feels like I'm out of my rut.