I've been very slug-like for the past week, minus one hot humid run and a short lap swim in Texas. This moring I had hoped to cycle commute to work, but it just isn't happening. But that's not what I want to post about...
I want to ruminate on my little Texas run for a bit.
Not sure what the elevation was exactly, but it clearly wasn't up at a mile above sea level like it is where I live.
I was scheduled for 4 miles easy. I didn't have my garmin, but I had my sport watch. We were running around a park on a course that was 1/2 mile long. I made note of the time on my watch at 3 miles which was 29:15. Now this works out to a 9:45 pace which is fairly close to my normal 5K pace, only this was an EASY run. Even if the route was a bit short, I was definately moving faster than I would on an EASY run at home.
I define an EASY run by the ability to hold conversation or talk while running. It's all about breathing easy.
Up here at altitude, it doesn't take much speed to push me past EASY. But down there, EASY was just easier.
I've always known that I *should* be able to run faster in an oxygen rich environment, and now I'm more interested in actually finding a race down at sea level and see what this body can do.