Yes, it was a full 5 degrees (3C) warmer, and I was 30 seconds slower today compared to Tuesday. It is to be expected. I got a late start, hitting the road at 7:30 this morning instead of an hour earlier. The best time to run is 5 or 6-something, not 7-something or later. Gotta remember that one.
Two positives to take away from today is 1) I made it to 0.3 miles before hitting HRmax (on the startout), compared to 0.2 miles just three runs earlier, and 2) I went over 1.5 miles being able to recover to 70% of HRmax before running again. Thermodynamics took over, and by the end of the run, I could only recover to 75% HRmax. The one negative from today happened late in the run. I began to feel some knee pain. With all the work I have done on form the last few years, I was able body-sense and assess quickly. I made a form correction and was OK afterwards. When fatigued, it is harder to keep good form, and the heat was getting the best of me.
Yes, I wish I could run the whole thing at 80% HRmax or less. It is summer, I am overweight (but losing it), I have had a broken ankle and sinus surgery in the last 12 months. I have no other option but to be patient and keep going. I want with all my being to get back 10-12 mile weekend runs. I did not get to there overnight back then, and it will not happen overnight this time. Endeavor to persevere. George Wooten penned that (or was it Lone Watie?).
Tomorrow is a cycling day. Keep moving forward.