My third of four easy runs in a row was today. This time I was looking for around 7.5 miles and I decided to step it up a bit from yesterday to 8:25/mile. But, aside from walking the route, I couldn't seem to get it that slow. My first mile was at 8:21 and that was as close as I got. The second last mile was into a 15 MPH wind, so that slowed me down a bit -- but just to 8:18 for that mile. Overall, I was at 1:00:16 for the 7.34 miles "around the block" for an average pace of 8:12 per mile.
I did this run without any water, Gatorade or jelly beans. Not for any particular reason, other than it was going to take me an extra five minutes to get that organized and I wanted to get on the road. I was thirsty when I got back, but it certainly didn't affect my speed. It was cool out today -- about 61 degrees F (16 C.) -- so the heat wasn't a factor.
One more run -- 9+ miles, tomorrow -- until I get three days off. I'm looking forward to the break!