As I started, I felt really "rusty". It seemed like a long time since my last run. I thought about this more and my last run was on Saturday morning. I had missed two days of running and I'm feeling rusty. Yikes! What am I going to do post-marathon???
My goal for today's run - take it easy. Try to hit a 10:40 pace. Slow down.
I kind of succeeded. My pace was slower than most of my recent runs - a 10:15/mile pace over 5.5 miles. My first two mile splits were 10:26 and 10:42. Mile 3 has a good amount of downhill in it and I ran a 9:53. Then a 10:27 and 10:20.
The weird part, though, is that my heart rate stayed above 150 bpm for most of the run. Even when I was running the slower miles.
Either I really need to change the battery in the chest strap (I have been saying this for about 2 weeks, so hopefully I'll get to it before my next run...) or the lack of sleep due to maintenance window activities at work has run me down a bit.
Since I'm still working nights at least through tonight and maybe tomorrow night too, I think we'll have to check the battery issue out first.