Sometimes, after a couple days off, everything just feels right on a run. Usually, when I get out, Monday runs are my best. Today was no exception. I ran with a plan for 8 miles, without worrying about my watch. The plan was to simply run strong, but not too fast. I wanted it to feel like a solid effort, but not especially taxing. At the end, I wanted to feel like I could have gone a couple more miles maybe, but that's it.
When I finished my 8 miles today, the watch said 1:00:43. That was a great sight. I ran 7:35 pace overall and hit 7:19 as my fastest mile twice, in mile 5 and mile 8. The slowest mile was 8:26, which was almost all uphill.
Tomorrow, I will back it down to 6 miles and then on Wednesday, I will run 12 miles. I have decided that unless time is a constraint, I won't be running anymore 4-5 milers. I want all my runs to be 6 miles of more, even recovery runs. Now, I'm not talking about when I do double workouts in a day, just when I do single runs. Over the next few weeks, I am going to run some significant miles. I have 69 days until the half marathon.