6.2 mi, 1:01:03, 9:50 avg, HR 125 bpm (max HR 133 bpm)
Ran at Longleaf with the Striders and for first time in a long time wore the HR strap to see where I was at. It also keeps me in a good recovery zone and away from too fast to be easy but not fast enough to serve a purpose. I was expecting the worse and thinking I'd have to slow way, way down. But actually, I was somewhat around where I was when I was doing HR training on a more regular basis. Back when I tried it for the first time, I was struggling to run faster than even an 11:00 pace, but eventually worked my way into the 9:xx's. Furthermore, the first mile doesn't seem to make a difference whether I'm trying to run HR or not, it's still about the same, a good bit slower than the rest of the run. Today's first mile was 10:29 pace with an average heart rate of 112 and that included about the last 0.2 trying to move my heart rate up.
But, after the first mile, things fall into place and I have to be sure and run an even pace and fight the urge to want to speed up.
So, overall pretty happy with today's run and looking forward to at least a few more HR runs and then probably try to keep doing these except on planned specific workouts.