Was able to get a run in late yesterday and did a loop of the Greenland Trail 8 mile course. Started at 6 pm, 50 degree temp, calling it either low clouds or high mist and for a welcome change for that area: no wind = all in all great weather to run in.
Started out averaging 8:45 to 8:50 pace along the gradual uphill for the first 3 1/3 miles. Between there and the 5 mile point is more noticeable uphills, but nothing like the Barr Trail or PP Highway. Slowed a little during that stretch, but only to an average pace of 9:05.
Despite being a little wet due to the moisture and sweat, I was feeling quite good and started the downward last 3 mile stretch with only a little discomfort in the knees. Was kind of cool to look across to I-25 and see the car lights in the distance in the mist / fog / clouds sending out fingers of light.
The next 2 miles I gradually bought the average pace down to 8:50 and for the last mile I set the lap timer to see if I could push the pace for a solid mile. Since the knee surgery 2 months ago I have been able to run fairly well on uphills and for distance / endurance - but have not had any sort of speed, nor have I tried to push any kind of faster pace. All those are relative to me - I'm faster than some, others are much more capable and faster than me. I don't really compare myself with others speed etc - I do like to compare myself with my previous efforts.
So, I set out in the last mile to push as hard as I could, with the possibility at times of having my late lunch come back up as I pressed through the last mile - I managed to do it in 7 minutes flat. Not blazing speed - but decent after already doing 7 miles, albeit that last mile was somewhat downhill.
Total time for the 8 miles was 1:08:40. Very happy with that.