Intervals were: 1:56, 1:48, 1:42, 1:42, 1:44, 1:50, 1:43
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One of the reasons I suspect is that I got too used to running on relatively flat trails in Tacoma. Most of my runs were along the waterfront, but there was very little up and down. Compare that with the Minnesota prairie, I am racking up surprisingly high elevation changes with the rolling hills. And the consistent changes mean that I’m not able to settle into one HR for an extended period of time.
But there’s another (bigger) factor that I realized. For the first time today I did some comparative analysis on the weather. It was 85 deg F with a few point of 69 deg F in Eden Prairie. Comparable to Houston, TX where the equivalent numbers were 85 and 75 deg F. And the numbers in Tacoma? 64 and 47.
No wonder I have been disappointed! Running in Texas conditions and expecting Seattle results is a sure recipe for frustration.
So unsolicited advice: listen to your body. It is likely giving you good feedback on how to pace your run. Start slow and figure out how you’re doing relative to baseline. Figure out how much you can handle, then adjust speed/power accordingly. If you are able to cruise at a higher speed, then ramp it up to a higher gear.
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