I learned that you need a metronome for running. I used to hate running because I thought you just ran flat out until you were tired.
The reality is you have to pace yourself. It’s not really a lot easier to go more slowly, but you can endure for a lot longer if you get a rhythm with your footfalls.
Today I was able to tackle the 7% grade without slowing down. Wanted to run up it, but I was too fast on the prior section and ended up in the brisk walk interval at the hard part. There’s always Friday!
What helps is good music. I picked Chemical Brothers, “One Too Many Mornings” as a source song and let itunes genius make a playlist. It worked out surprisingly well!