The four mile loop in the Park is definitely my favorite run. It just seems like my runs go well, the last mile is pretty much a decline, I see the north, south, east, and west sides of the park, the distance is long enough that it's still a challenge, but not terrifying, and I just really enjoy it.
Last night my pace stayed a little lower than usual (or so it seemed at least) so when I hit 30 minutes and only had 3/4 mile left I pushed hard to see how close I could get to finishing in 35 minutes. I was really happy with my final mile time and my overall average but I'm paying for it a little now. I typically don't get sore from just running anymore, but my calves felt tight last night and this morning when I got out of bed one of them cramped up. They both feel a little tight today, especially the one that cramped. Oh yeah, and the best news is last night I realized my knees didn't bother me at all while I was running! Usually there's at least some discomfort at some points, but it wasn't until my foot was bothering me a bit that I realized, "Hey! My knees aren't!"
Mile 1: 9:13
Mile 2: 9:11
Mile 3: 9:31
Mile 4: 8:51