I actually paid a little attention to my splits today. I didn't pay attention while I was running. I don't run with a garmin, or running watch...but I did check it out when I got home and uploaded my run.
The first mile was 11:27...but I walked the first tenth of a mile as a warm up...to stretch out a little. It was the last three miles that impressed me.
I ran them at 8:14, 8:12 and 8:12. I take a walk break here and there, when my body tells me it can't run any longer. The breaks usually last no more than 30 seconds. But, even with those breaks, I still managed to keep my last three miles almost exactly at the same pace.
Last week, my long 6 mile run splits were 8:14, 8:14, 8:14, 8:22, 9:23, 9:23 (I was getting tired there at the end!)
A 4 mile run last week, 8:13, 8:13, 8:13, 9:02.
Some people want to run with music..or audio books...because the sound of their breathing annoys them.
I'm quite the opposite.
I'm the same way when singing. There are those with perfect pitch, the members of the group that can stop you in a rehearsal when things start going south.
I'm the one with the rhythm gene. I should have been a percussionist. There's an internal beat inside me....and I can tell immediately if we're speeding up or slowing down.
I'm the same way while running. I breathe with my footfalls, and I can tell when that breathing is getting any slower or faster. I may not take consistent walk breaks, but while running, I can keep a pace.
On many of my runs, I get a song stuck in my head....and repeat it over and over as I run. Some days, it's the most annoying thing...and some days I don't notice that I'm doing it. :-)