Yeah. I mean, I was doing runs like this in 10:40 miles back in November, and I ran my half marathon at an average of 10:54. And now I am kicked back to being happy to get an average pace of 11:40...
...but that's better than I was doing a month ago. And I'm stronger on the hills than I was in November. So the athleticism is still there. I'm just pushing a little more weight around. And some of that weight is muscle, and that's weight I want to preserve.
And skeletons and muscles adapt slowly, even though hearts adapt fast.
So it's all this balancing act. And it's about identifying progress, even if it isn't the progress I expected. Like those hills getting easier. That's progress, even if they're not faster.
Bodies teach us humility in so many ways.