Tonight was my third and final 25 minute run. It was easy to the point of feeling effortless. I increased my pace by almost :10 a mile, and I could have gone faster. I was afraid that at some point later I was going to hit the wall and struggle. It never happened.
There were a few hills where my legs started to burn a little. At one point I had a minor stitch in my side. For the most part I felt very little difference between uphill and downhill aside from speed. My footfalls held pretty much the same rhythm.
Everything about this run felt good. I felt relaxed and loose even when I sprinted the last two minutes. I picked up a bit more than a tenth of a mile compared to my last run, so the last 90 seconds were up a steep hill.
It was easy. My legs don't even feel tired. I can't believe it. It's like the whole run was a dream.
I have no doubt that I can pull of 28 minutes for week 8.