10.44 mi, 1:21:21, 7:48 avg
Today's workout was 3mi@half mar pace, 3 minute rest, 2mi@half mar pace, 2 minute rest, and then 1 mile @10k pace, sandwiched between 2 miles warm up and 2 miles warm down.
It's getting slightly cooler but it's still barely under 75 degrees at the start and into the high 70's at the end of the run. It doesn't help that I'm not getting started while it's still dark but the little bit of extra sleep helps also.
Run was still difficult, but the splits were all just a little bit better than previous similar runs, and for the last fast mile I knew I could do 6:45 or better and ended up with 6:35 (although that turned into a bit of a struggle for the last 0.25 mile).
First 3 fast miles: 7:02, 7:00, 6:53
Next 2 fast miles: 6:56, 6:51
1 mile @10k: 6:35
I even felt a little better on the warm down this time than last time with 8:22 and 7:57 which both felt pretty easy.
I was thinking about last year when I tried a tempo run of 4 miles at 7:00/mile and quickly realized I couldn't do it. I think I'm getting a little bit better but it's been a slow enough process.