I'm going all over the place on the internet reading and looking stuff up and people up. I came across a weird date coincidence...CS Lewis and Alex Huxley both died on the day Kennedy was assassinated Nov 22, 1963. Also JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis knew each other at Oxford I believe.
And of course my pace average today was......11:22.63 (No just kidding about the .63 but it was 11:22 mile)
So, do you have a mental block about going over 9 miles? :)
....not that I wouldn't totally take that.
I seem to. Used to it was 10, but then I found once kept having setbacks in training it was harder and harder to get to 10 and I was going slower. This time I made it up to 13, but the mental battle on Sunday mornings was like a black fog (even when it was already light in June) where I felt crushed and consumed by depression stumbling along until I got far enough into the run to feel I could make it. It was 8 miles for a couple of years so this year I made an effort with all the up and downs to try to maintain 9 miles as the goal and hope eventually I could make it ten milers.
If you've seen my pace...I would slow over a minute a mile just to add one more mile...up to about 8 I could gradually add a mile and run basically the same pace. So we'll see what happens. The bigger obstacle is the physical of course. Knees, calves, hamstrings, feet occasionally (especially when you fall off the cabinet changing a light bulb in the kitchen), and also tripping...or to sum it up...age.
Good luck to you and Jules...good health and good building. I'm assuming the official opening of Koski Tower, once you finish your masterpiece of construction, will be a major social event in Duluth...if not the nation...once it opens with great ceremony and pomp. :)