For the 9 weeks away from Waldo, I was focused for most of my runs on the Greenland Trail - a totally different trail. I have been looking forward to getting back to Waldo to see if any noticeable improvement.
Last Thursday I ran counter clockwise and was quite surprised that I matched my previous best time. It's not that it came easy, it wasn't - but I finished and felt like I could have gone faster.
So, back at it yesterday I was looking forward to it and went clockwise this time - looking to do better than from March. Tried to push a little harder - albeit not trying to go too nuts and overdo it - and took a minute off the PR. Now it sits at 66 minutes even.
I think I can attribute the improvement to my increased fitness, also possibly incorporating my recent Tuesday track / speed work has also helped, plus also getting more familiar with the trail has helped.
The trail is showing "full Spring growth" - much different than the late Winter runs. Plenty of overhanging branches now and more people on the trail too. Still is and will continue to be a favorite and enjoyable place for me to run.
In any case - I'm happy with the improvement and look forward to more improvement on upcoming Thursdays.