This afternoon, after two days of catch-up at the office, I was able to go out for a nice run. My goal was to run 8 miles, following a course I had previously mapped out. I decided to not follow my new training plans (based on advice on runners better than me) of running slower. I wanted to see if I still had "it". "It" being my fitness pre-summer. The weather was awesome - misty, windy, and cool for a late August day - temps in the 60's. I kept my first mile comfortable but fast - 6:52. My legs and hips felt a little tight and tired trying to keep up this pace for the next few miles. At what I thought was the 5 mile mark (I was wrong), I was somewhere in minute 33. This motivated me to keep pushing myself. After missing a turn thanks to a beeping car, I had to scramble to find more side roads to reach my 8 mile goal. I'd like to take credit for nailing it right on 8, but I'm sure luck had something to do with it. My total time was 54:36 - 6:49 pace.