Run started out fine on a few miles of relatively flat roads. My rhythm felt a bit off until I started hitting the real hills around four or five miles in when the climb up Deering Ridge began. At that point, I felt more comfortable.
Witnessed something quite sad about nine miles into the run while I was on a dirt road in the woods. I saw a very mangy fox or small coyote laying on the road. It was in such bad shape I really couldn't tell which. It struggled to get away, and it looked very, very sick. Heartbreaking to see. Didn't look like it was hit by a car, just really ill. Considered calling animal control, but doubt they would have cared much since it was in the woods after all. Nature just has to do it's thing, as sad as it is to see sometimes.
A few miles later, swung by the house and drank some water really quickly and was off again. I was now a little over halfway done, doing the hilliest section first. This was by design, as I just wanted to have a successful long run.
A good sign on the second half though as the speed picked up on the now easier section. Eight of the last ten miles were all sub-8:00/mile, with the last seven miles acting as a progression whittling down to a 7:11 split for the last mile, and though tired, it still felt pretty easy at the same time. Last ten miles turned out to be a 7:44/mile pace average.
Very successful run. Already over 65 miles for the week, recovery run tomorrow should put me over 70.
Ran 21.1 miles @ 7:55/mile pace.
Paved and dirt roads.
Upper 50s to upper 70s, sunny.
Saucony Kinvaras, shorts, sleeveless shirt, cap.
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