I was feeling pretty fresh today and ready to go on my 8 mile tempo run. The temperature was 72 out, slightly breezy and partly sunny. I was planning on trying to start out around 6:00 pace and gradually work up to the low 5:50's by the end of the 8 miles. I didn't know how much the warm weather would affect me and I didn't want to go out too hard in the first mile and end up blowing the entire workout. It usually takes me a little while to get dialed into the right pace so I try to negative split my tempo runs.
My splits for the 8 miles were - 5:56, 5:55, 5:52, 5:53, 5:51, 5:51, 5:48, 5:48. Total time for 12 miles was 1:16.
I felt really good out there and pretty smooth and relaxed for the first 6 miles. The last 2 miles were starting to get tough and I think I was probably getting a little quicker than tempo pace, but I didn't want to start slowing down. I've had two really strong workouts this week and I'm feeling really good about the shape I'm in right now.