Coming off the race the other day, I wanted to get out and start the week well with a strong run. I got out for 7 miles and kept the pace pretty quick. After my first mile, warming up a bit, I averaged no worse than 7:26/mile. Overall, my pace was 7:27/mile.
If you take out the first mile warm up, my pace for the 6 miles to finish was 7:22/mile. That isn't a huge difference, but seeing a good stretch of miles at a solid pace of 7:22 shows the continued fitness.
This week will continue strong hopefully, building toward a 40+ mile week. I have only 30+ days until the half marathon. If you take out the final week for a taper, it leaves just a couple weeks for building in some miles and some speed work. The rest of the week, will include a long run, a speed session of hill repeats, and a couple regular runs.