I don’t know if it’s the whole 7 hours of sleep I got last night or the fact that I wore new racing shoes this morning, but I did what I’m pretty sure is my fastest 5K training run of all time with an average pace of 8:40 (splits: 7:58, 8:50, 8:53, 7:51 for the last 0.1). Those splits are off balance because the first mile is a steady slight downhill while the rest of the run is a mix of hills, mostly up.
Typically my 3-mile runs – which I usually do as close to 5K race pace as possible without going full out – fall somewhere between 8:50 to 9:10 pace. So this is a noticeable improvement. I also might do a local 5K this weekend, so I had that in mind.