It’s all about efficiency, you know? I logged 8 miles this work week and interestingly while both of my 4 mile runs were done on a treadmill (sorry, but it’s been a heatwave this week and I’m a weenie), they were totally different beasts.
Wednesday: First half mile, ok. Mile .5-4. I wanted to die. Seriously. I thought I would never survive. I wanted to stop every minute. To compromise I slowed the treadmill down from 5.4 (11.06 minute miles) to 5.2 (11:30) And even then, I had to take a walking break at mile 2. I don’t know what happened there, but it was not pretty.
Friday: Miles 0-4, awesome. Started out at 5.4, up to 5.6 ended at 5.8!
It just goes to show you that there are factors beyond temperature, setting, surface and speed that factor into our runs. I don’t know what those variables were on Wednesday for me, I can only guess. But, I do know that I’m hoping for more Fridays than Wednesdays in my future. A six miler is on the books for Sunday.