How do you run a good tempo run? You run when it's cool! 60° worked for me! (Someone asked me if I was cold out there! I wasn't cold, but it was about 15° cooler than usual.) Also, since I didn't run the day before, I was ready for a hard workout.
After a 2 mile warm-up, my goal was to run 6 miles at an 8:23/mile average (my 10K pace + 30 seconds) or less. Midway through, my mind started to wander which slowed me down - I needed to focus to keep the pace. Realizing that I only had part of one more lap around the park to go helped, too.
This run was faster (8:20/mile average), but easier for me, than last week's similar treadmill workout (1 x 2 mi. & 4 x 1 mi.). If only every day was like that! After 6 tempo miles, I ran 2 easy miles to finish my 10 mile run and then I walked for a few minutes.
I ate 3 mountain berry Clif Shot Bloks at mile 4. They tasted good, like gummy bear candy. I cut the packages in half. That makes them easier to carry in my pocket. I recently won 8 packages of Clif Shot Bloks including some new-to-me flavors! Thanks to Clif Bar and RunningWithCharlene for the goodies!