Running without music might actually be good for you

So for tonight’s run I went sans motivational music.  I was worried that I’d have trouble maintaining my pace without the invigorating strains of East Versus West and Through the Fire blaring through my ears, but I actually feel like I did a better job of being consistent across all eight intervals (a feeling that is substantiated by the actual data).

Run route with bonus pace graph . . . just cause
Run route with bonus pace graph . . . just cause

My interval laps were pretty even (for me):

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I’m going to go back and compare my last couple 8 x 400’s.  What I’m looking for is the performance in my 12th laps.  I noticed tonight that lap number 12 starts off with a 100m or so of the “steepest” incline that I have on the route and then goes flat.  I pushed to maintain my pace on the incline and was totally gassed on the flat.  I feel like that lap has been off pace on other nights.  If so it’s a sad commentary on my hill running condition right now.  I may have to get out of town from time to time and hit a couple of big bumps.

Also, this.

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84 felt like 91 at seven o’clock at night in the pitch black in the last week of February.  Remind me to NEVER, EVER run in the daylight here.

 

 

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