Well, I was out in the park, running, at 8:30 this morning. I decided to do 4.5 miles and headed out with the intention of maintaining an 11:00 minute pace. I have to start pushing myself to get ready for the 4 mile race in two weeks. I felt pretty good. Started out with the Striders but no one was running at my pace, so ended up pretty much by myself. Even with only my thoughts for company, I didn't have any trouble getting past the wall I usually hit at about 2 miles. On my daily runs I usually feel great until that point and then I feel like I don't want to go another step. In a race I don't really get that. I'm not sure why.
Finished the 4.5 miles in 48:59 pace 10:52. Not too shabby. My hope of doing the 4 miles in 40 minutes might be a little optimistic, but I'm not unhappy with my time.