But what really caught me off guard was the heat. Its a big difference between 60 and 80. It went form crisp to warm. And the effect of the hills...ooh that made it hard too. Doing some quick research, 10 degrees affects performance by about 3%. Ouch, so somewhere in neighborhood of 5% or so. And the hills...up and down, up and down, and given I didn't know my length...around, and up and down.
I was really happy I did it, but been more happy I finished. Just wasn't a real enjoyable run, with the heat, the uncertainty, the hills, the lack of a defined route, etc.
One thing I know I need to work on is the mental side. Mental toughness. I am not there yet. I don't have the confidence that I am going to go out and just stick the run. I come back and look at my heart rate data, and it is pretty good. But I just don;t feel like I am kicking it. I am sort of worried about this given I have a half marathon in a month, but more training, etc., will really benefit me.
Hope your weekend plan came out better than mine! (And I can never get a good copy of my splits from Garmin Connect! Anyone know how to cut and paste into a post?)
One other thing I did was that I ran with Nike GPS (already had my phone on me for tunes), and it did a really good job. Within about 20 yards of Garmin. Of course, though, it was much harder to start and stop at traffic lights, water stops, etc., so I can't put then exactly together, but it did a nice job.