As I move farther into training, some of my shorter Saturday runs are built around a magic mile. The magic mile is the fastest mile you can reasonably do. In the program I'm doing, you run two miles as fast as you can without using a sprint stride. The weather was cool and crisp this morning, so conditions could not have been better.
I managed at 10:15 pace or so for both miles, and I felt strong the whole way. Of course, today was a three mile run. That last mile was challenging, but still much better than day 1 & 2 of this week. All in all it was a great run.
I need to learn from my dogs. They think every run is fantastic regardless of pace, training routine or route.