Today's run included the ascent of Porter Clough. I used to run this weekly and always found it a tough little hill. I set off fairly gently but met another runner just after Forge Dam cafe. We chatted on the climb and I determined to keep up with him. It was a struggle and left to myself I would have gone more slowly. I thought I'd have achieved a reasonable time but actually my time for the clough was one of my slowest! Looking back at the data my heart rate was falling in the steepest part, perhaps I was running out of power in my legs? I was breathing hard though!
Maybe I also need to acknowledge that I won't achieve the times of 5 years ago?