But as it turns out, my pacing problems had much more to do with my reading comprehension skills than the downfalls of city running.
See... I downloaded a running app that displays my pace and lets me track my splits. The problem is that it's an average pace. To anyone with a brain, the word "average" would give it away... yeah, except I thought that meant the average pace for the mile you're currently running, not the average across all miles total. Durh. That's what splits are for, Lindsey.
So that explains why I've been feeling like I'm KILLING myself on these short tempo runs. The plan was to start off with a slow 10:20ish mile, then speed up to around 8:46 for the next 3 miles. But I haven't been able to get my "pace" to go down to the 8:40-50 range without me feeling like I am at an all-out sprint. Because yeah, if my first mile is 10:20, then I had to run 7:30 on mile 2 to get to an 8:45 AVERAGE.
Fortunately, I figured all of this out today around mile 1.5. Unfortunately, it didn't help that much because I still ran too fast. I really need to slow my roll and enjoy the scenery more.
Mile 1 - 10:04
Mile 2 - 8:01
Mile 3 - 8:19
Mile 4 - 8:04
Mile 5 - 9:42
Wayyyyyy too fast. Oopsie.