Mystery Coach sent me out for a four mile evaluation run this morning. In the good old days (before NYC) I could run right around 6:00-6:10 pace at 150 beats per minute, but today was a different story:
Mile 1: 6:36 at 153HR
Mile 2: 6:50 at 152HR
Mile 3: 6:52 at 150HR
Mile 4: 6:42 at 150HR
I was moving so slow that I didn't even mind the fitness walker clinging to the inside curb of lane one or the two easy joggers spread out across lanes one and two. It's clear I'm still under the weather, as I'm spending an extra half hour at home trying to get the crud out of my sinus cavities and lungs before heading out each morning.
I guess it's good to have a baseline, but I'm a bit disappointed to see the bar so low at the moment. It does show that I'm probably not doing the easy runs slowly enough though.
8 miles, 57 minutes, w/4 mile eval in 6:36(153HR), 6:50(152), 6:52(150), 6:42(150)
Sleep: 5h 5/10 (hacking too much to sleep)
Weather: 43 degrees
9 miles, 1h03m, 6:58 pace
Sleep: 6h 7/10
Weather: 46 degrees