Was aiming for 7 miles at Tempo Pace. Was close.
First 3.5 miles were good. 7:00 6:57 and 6:54. But then I turned into the wind and came to the Highway Hilltop Hill in Hanmer. And it wasn't the alliteration that slowed me down. Just the mental game, I think, of hitting the hill and the wind. So, I resigned myself to taking it home easy, until I got to the top of the hill and talked myself into pushing it for as long as I could.
So, I ended up running mile four in 7:40, but then ran miles 5 and 6 in 6:54 and 6:59. So actually, my average pace for those 6 miles was 7:04, which is pretty much what I was aiming for.
Now, that's where it got sort of weird. I've been fighting through an odd kind of pain in my right hip. There must be a nerve involved, because it shoots down that leg, through the hamstring. More tight than sore, but every so often, it feels like that whole leg is about to give out. Well, just before mile 6, it hit me hard and the pain shot right down into my calf. So, I eased off and coasted home for the rest.
I know I was cheating on the foam rolling for most of the summer, but I've been hitting it with a vengeance daily now for a week and will continue, along with the stretching and strength exercises. I'm hoping I can work through whatever is causing this particular pain in the butt. I mean, it's actually painful to just sit here and type right now!