Was really happy because the run felt good. Tried to make sure my warm up wasn't too slow, and settled into a pace quickly. Continued to feel strong at the end and was happy my "controlled discomfort" was a bit faster than half marathon pace.
Last week's bad runs and some experimentation this week have made me realize two important things:
- Fueling properly is important before I run, and for me that means a meal. Sport beans or drinks aren't enough after a night's sleep
- I have a few miles to lock in my pace. If I get the pace right at the start, it's much easier to stick with it and even speed up. If I start too slow OR too fast, I will end up dragging in later parts of the run.