So I decided to stretch the tempo part out to 6 miles… *and* run the last two at a sub 8 pace… splendid idea! (I’m an idiot)
Miles 4 and 5 I still felt pretty good but I was a.) getting a little tired… and #2 holding back just a wee bit knowing that I had to pick up the pace soon.
Mile 6 – increased turnover led to more speed… I worked hard to stay relaxed (I just re-read that and it sounds kinda dumb) and managed to clock a 7:59.
I slowed and walked to where I had stashed my water… feeling pretty good