This morning was the definition of long slow distance (LSD). On the road just after 7am since I’m getting my teeth cleaned at 9. Don’t really want to workout tonight to give me more rest time before Saturday. The plan was to go at least 3 miles with no concern for pace. Went that and more. Ended up going 4.71 miles for my longest run in years. When I was already over a 10 min/mile pace at the half mile mark I came to terms with not worrying about the pace. Actually got slower until around the midway point and then the pace chart starts to come back the other way. Picked it up a little in the final mile. The run took me 52:03 which is over an 11 min/mile average.
My heart rate was solidly in the 120s until that last mile. Breathing was no issue and I’m actually starting to get used to deeper breaths. My knees and hips were starting to feel it after about 3 miles. I think I’ll try to do some stretching later.