To say I'm a poor sport is putting it nicely. I don't know why losing brings out the bratty five year old in me, it just does.
Which brings me to my point. My last, oh, four or five runs I have slowed down significantly. Around 30 seconds a mile. I ran 5 miles on 4/18 in 41:46, an average pace of 8:22/mile. Since that run, no matter what the distance (seriously, 3 miles, 5 miles, 8 miles), my pace has dropped 30 seconds a mile.
I've come up with a few
1.) It's gotten signifcantly hotter and all my runs are outside.
2.) Between my last good run on 4/18 (a Friday) I had a bad long run on that Wednesday, some good speed training on that Friday...and then a four day break. Not a four day break from working out, just a break from running.
3.) I'm running all my runs too hard and my body needs a break. I've read a lot about "run slower to run faster" but I choose to ignore this and want every run to be better than the last (see above about obsessive competitiveness).
My plan is...run slower. This is going to be extremely hard for me. I've been known to leave 10 year olds in my dust just for the sake of winning.
That's just how I roll.