On Saturday morning, I ran my 6 miles on a hilly, gravel trail, and quickly realized how spoiled I am by the relatively flat, paved trail on which I'm used to running. Between sinking into the gravel with every footfall, and dealing with the constant elevation changes, I was wiped by the second loop of the 2.1 mile trail, and I still had a 3rd left to go! So I ended up walking a pretty significant part of that third loop, which slowed down my average pace, as did deciding to count my 10-minute warm-up walk towards my overall mileage total (which I normally don't do)... Well, even though that trail kicked my butt, the change of pace was probably a good thing, and it definitely mixed things up a bit!
- 10 min warm-up walk
- 5.8 mi run; 1:23:40; 14:26 min/mi