8.5 miles down in 1:25:33! I was just in a crappy mood at the beginning, so the first 4.5 miles kinda sucked. At mile 4.5, when I turned around and had my vanilla bean Gu, my mood also turned around. The sun had been beating down on my shoulders the whole time (THANK GOD. I was beginning to get very Vitamin D-deficient), but it was one of those cloud-parting moments, and the rest of the run felt great.
The last half-mile, instead of a cool-down pace, I picked it up to an 8:45 pace and blasted Party in the USA (for the third time that run. No shame.) My knees and back feel okay, too, after a hot date with a TheraBand and a foam roller when I got home.