So, it's been a goal of mine to run 6 miles in an hour or less. I wouldn't say that it's something I've worked hard at for very long. I just figured that if I could run a half marathon, I should be able to do this no problem. See, even Gatorade agrees with me.
Side note---I've decided I like Gatorade much more than Powerade. Although they are essentially the same.
Of course what you can do in the midst of training versus after a month of laziness are two separate things. Today I was in the midst of training, and today I ran 6 miles in 59:02! I just set the treadmill at 6.0 (10 min/mi) and cranked it up to 8.3 (7-something min/mi) on the last lap. I'm at a point where I really don't know what pace my body can maintain for extended periods of time. Could I handle 6.1 or 6.2? Probably, but 6.0 seemed like a safer option to make this goal a reality. As soon as I completed a mile, I knew that I was going for a sub one hour (six mile) run today! I felt mentally and physically ready to do it. Yesterday I ran 3 miles in 28:24.
It's still a little strange for me to care so much about times. But, if I want to get faster, this is essential.