I had two runs of 5 miles recently. The first in 45:18, and the same route again in 40:13. Between the two I ran a 10+ mile run that fell apart at miles 9 and 10. But during miles 9 and 10 I was able to find really good running form (I just couldn't hold it for long). For my second 5 mile run I started with that good form, still fresh in my mind, and the result was a much faster run. So I guess it is true, the more you run the faster you get.
Sunday was a long run, and the longest run of my 1/2 marathon training plan, 12 miles. Unfortunately I felt really sick the day before and the morning of this long run. But I didn't want to miss it and so with reservations I made my way to the Gateway Trail. But not before drinking some green mango juice. I love the stuff, but drank way to much and when I got to the trail head I felt bloated (and it never went away). I took two gels with me but never eat them. My stomach felt ready to reject anything I eat, and at one point I was sure something was about to come up. But I pushed on and did 7 miles with no breaks and kept them under 10 min (ranging from 8:52 to 9:44 per mile). With 5 miles to go I had to stop (after nearly throwing up) and began to run 2 minutes and walk 25 seconds. It worked as I was able to finish without throwing up and as a bonus I could better focus on good running form. Total time was 2:06:05. With a better stomach I think I might break 2 hours at the Stillwater 1/2.