I ran just over 7.5 miles this morning from the area we live called South Hill down into the Puyallup Valley and back up the Hill. I averaged an 8:12 pace. While not near my standard training pace for shorter races such as 5K, 10K, or a Half Marathon this pace exceeded my expectation for the day. As the aches and pains from this weekends 34 mile jaunt dissolved away during the first 3-4 miles I started concentrating on form and actually picked up the pace.
I'm looking forward to having two weeks before my next event (Pigtails Run). I'm going to work on some tempo runs and some interval training to see if I can make up some time on this run. My PR for a 50K is 5 hours. Conditions at the Pigtails Run should be conducive to a fairly fast time. The "trail" is really a gravel service road that circles a water reservoir. It's not flat by any means and does have some challenging hills but for the most part it is all runnable.
It's amazing how quickly the human body adapts with conditioning. My legs feel so much better now than they did just two weeks ago after the Tiger Mt. 50K.. It gives me confidence for future runs and validates my training plan as I work toward my first 100 mile Ultra. I'll admit thinking I might just be a loony bin candidate for considering my upcoming double in April after I finished at Capital Peak. Today's run showed me that my conditioning is working and that I will be ready to crank out 76.2 miles in one weekend in April.