Today was a "recovery run" which means I didn't add more time and miles on to my long run, I just did 60 minutes. I had Matt drop me off somewhere I mapped out to be six miles from home and then I ran back. It was a route I hadn't run before and I knew for sure one little part was up hill but thought it would be smooth sailing the rest of the way.
Check this out:
I could not figure out how come I felt like I was working so hard! Now I know. It isn't a flat route. Not by a long shot.
I see now that the uphill was fighting against me, but I also just was dragging between miles two and three. Definitely gave me some practice in how to get back in the groove when I am struggling!