Variety is the spice of life and it also spices up a run as well. Since I had the day off from work I was able to get out in the daylight and decided that today's 5 miles would be off-road. That's the great thing about living where I do; having horse trails, green space and the creek to run on allows me to change things on my usual routes.
Once again it was still slow going but for the first 2+ miles I was able to keep my HR down, with only an occasional blip up to 138 bpm, so I was encouraged that this was going to be a descent run.
But alas, it was not meant to be. Just as I was cruising along around the 2.25 mile mark, my HR suddenly spiked and for nearly the next 3 miles it was a struggle to keep it down no matter how slow I ran. I know when this happens I really need to just bite the bullet and walk but I just can't bring myself to it. Maybe it too much ego or maybe just stubbornness but I don't want to walk if I don't have too. It's probably that I equate walking with quitting; who knows.
At least tonight's run felt like quality miles so that's a positive takeaway. Tomorrow is a rest day then I'll out early on Saturday for 12.