AM- Every year, I have a long run where I realize I am now in racing shape, or close to it. A few years ago, it was in June when I did a double Jardine Juniper. This year, it was today's run. I intended to go to the mountains but a 1 am bedtime (thanks to home improvement projects on the new house) and a long to-do list the next day made me reconsider. So, I ran a very hilly route in a number of neighborhoods near my house (my first run ever from this house). Started off at 7:00-7:15 pace for a while, then found a sewer rightaway that wasn't totally overgrown, so had 6 miles of 7:30-8:00 pace. Suddenly, at mile 13, something clicked and I found myself running 6:40 pace, then 6:20, then 6:00. And this was over very hilly terrain (well, for a road). I knew my training had finally paid off when I threw down a 5:40 (that's my 5k race pace from last week, y'all!). Last mile was a 5:55 with a headwind and big hill, and I felt great even at the end of my highest mileage week this year.
Total 19 miles in 2:12:30 (6:58 pace) with 1200 ft climbing/descent. And like Marci said, this is definitely the best shape I have ever been in this early in the year.