I used to find that easy, because I could see the end in sight, after all - it was only 70m away!
[I still find it easier to sprint at the end of a race - provided I can see the finish line]
In fact, I am so okay with it, that during my short (2k) and slow (10:33 mile pace - 6:33 km pace) run today, I came up with a few perks for being slow.
- You will enjoy the scenery more than a faster runner, as you will obviously have more time to soak it in :)
- (Some could argue) it is less effort going slow, and your mind can wonder instead of focus all your energy on moving forwards.
- You can say you ran for 2 hours and people will be impressed because that seems like SUCH A LONG TIME (when in fact you may have only run/walking/combo-ed 12km)
- I've heard it said that the same distance burns the same amount of calories despite how fast you cover it. So... same calories burned with less impact.
- Do slow people get stress fractures? I'm just wondering on this one (I would like mileage with this one, not necessarily speed.)
- You can run slowly with your friends! Have you ever heard of 'conversational pace'? Well, you can't carry a conversation if you're sprinting the 200m! Bonus: more people will be convinced to run with you if you tell them you're going slowly - newbies will be able to keep up :)
- Slow running = your body can supply enough O2 = aerobic running = no creepy panting noises.