The cool weather was nice. Allowed me to run the first three miles at a 7:57/mi pace. I knew that was a bit fast. I slowed to an 8:17/mi pace for miles 4, 5, 6. Heart rate avg 151/bpm.
I was trying to find a comfortable heart rate for the marathon. Keeping my heart rate averaging 152/bpm, miles 7, 8, 9 were at an 8:24/mi pace.
Mile 10 was a turn around. I met Mike and Paul there. We paused to wait for Bill since he was running easier. My avg heart rate was 139 for this mile. It was a 10:00/mi pace since we stood around and walked a bit talking. Probably did this for 2 mins.
Mile 11 was up a long uphill grade. I wasn't thinking about running. Caught myself shuffling up the hill instead of focusing on getting up it. 9:22/mi pace. Heart rate only 146/bpm.
Final mile 12 was all 4 of us together. Avg heart rate was back to 152/bpm and the pace was 8:08/mi.
Early AM start was rewarded with a hammock snooze!