So, none of you have asked, just how hilly is that last hill in your neighbothood that you run when run your long runs? Well, it is this hilly:
I went [in a geeky way] and broke down the grade by 0.05 mile or 264 feet:
(- is downhill)
For reference, most highway off-ramps are 4-percent grade.
So now you can see why I don't get all up in arms when my pace drops from a 9 minute pace to a 10-11-12 minute pace. It's because that last mile is hard… and it's work! But the last 0.1 of a mile is all downhill! In fact, it is all downhill until I get to my driveway, which isn't that much further… but still!