This morning Matt and I met for a 10 mile run with 4 miles at tempo pace. Man, it felt so good outside this morning. It was warm enough for shorts and warm enough to sweat, but it wasn't so warm that it slows you down. My weather records say 64, but it felt even cooler than that. Nice. I don't think the rest of the week will be so pleasant.
We decided that our tempo pace should be a little quicker with the cooler temps and (supposed) improved fitness. We were aiming for 6:40 pace for the tempo miles. We hit 6:36 overall pace with 6:42, 6:31, 6:30, and 6:40. It wasn't miserable, which is good because a tempo run shouldn't be miserable. It was uncomfortable at the end, which is good because a tempo run shouldn't be easy.
Maybe progress is happening. I have a lot of work to do and I have to improve in my willingness to hurt, especially during training. But just maybe I can run a 3:05 in December. 3:00 still seems out of reach.