I was able to settle a lot of concerns today that I had with my running fitness. I got out for a great 7.6 mile run as it is in the high 50's here. Awesome! I did my normal 6.1 mile run and tacked on an additional 1.5 miles on the end because I was feeling strong. It is a good hilly run and I banged it out in 59:50. Thank you Nike +Sportswatch for the information. That breaks down to a 7:48/mile pace over the course of the 7.6 miles.
I am particularly happy because I ran the last mile at a pace of about 7:20/mile. I also felt like I could have gone another couple miles if I wanted to. However, I am happy and didn't want to push it since this was my third day running in a row.
Tomorrow will be a good rest day to end the week so that I can start next week off on Monday strong. The weather is supposedly going to cooperate and be at least in the 40's next week so that should allow me to get in 4-5 runs.
Overall, the nutrition, the cross training, and the runs I have been able to get in seem to be paying off. I do not think I have been in this good of shape this early in the year ever. Hopefully this bodes well for my racing later in the year.
Over the next few days, I plan to solidify at least 4-5 races I want to do this year. I will post these decisions soon.