My plan's goal was to run 7-8 miles but I felt what was really needed was some running fun. So I freed myself from any distance goals, freed myself from any running plan, and made sure my Nike+ was not going to tell me which mile I was on. I was not going to worry about pace. I was going to run free and naked!
But in all reality, I couldn't go all the way in my freeness. I still wanted to hear my tunes and kept my Nike+ on to track the end result, but the mile counter was indeed turned off and I resisted all temptations to check in on my pace with the simple touch of a button.
My new goal was to just run for 60 minutes, follow my heart, and have fun. And it was fun! I even think my ponytail was bouncing more freely! And I ran at a pace that was feeling good to my body, not over challenging, just fun and nice.
7.27 miles with an average pace of 8'37" (remember, I did mention I let my Nike+ do its stuff....just didn't peak until the end). My splits are below and notice, I do love the negative splits and seem to run them even when it isn't the plan. And I really did push the final 0.27 miles, not represented in the splits.
My mental state: Awesome! It was just wanted I needed to unwind and get motivated for a long run today.