Had originally wanted to do at least ten miles today but time constraints got the better of me. Was originally going to take tomorrow off, but since today's run was short, I'll try to get in another short 5-6 miles if I get back from Boston in time (field trip with the kids I'm mentoring).
The route I ran today, know as the Dump Loop, basically features a pretty big and gradual climb until midpoint followed by a little bit of a sharper downhill on a dirt road before leveling out the last 8/10 of a mile or so.
Pace progressed pretty nicely, and I don't mean to sound like I'm boasting or anything, but hitting the faster paces on this run and all runs recently has felt pretty easy. I had run mile five in 6:45 pretty effortlessly and then ran the last 6/10 of a mile at a 6:06/mile pace and felt great. Granted, some gravity assistance on mile five, but that area is actually a bit more rolling rather than all downhill. It's great to see my training plan truly working and coming together with results that are pleasantly surprising me so far.
Worth noting that there were no deer flies on that dirt road section. Despite it once again being quite warm out, they were non-existant. I'm sure they're still active in parts, but usually they're gone for the season in the first week of September, so their days are definitely numbered. Woohoo!
Ran 5.6 miles @ 7:25/mile pace.
Paved and dirt roads.
Upper 70s, sunny.
Saucony Kinvara, shorts, short sleeved shirt.