I know you've been feeling slow lately and concerned about the fitness you lost while you were out of running action for half the year. When you're feeling that way, I want you to remember that cool and windy day in mid July when you were running around the track at American River College at high noon. That was the day that you ran the 6 x 1000m workout at "near goal 5k pace" with 1:20 rests. This was an important workout at the end of an 83 mile week, your highest mileage in 9 months. You were worried about so many things going into that workout, but when you started running fast after doing drills and strides, your body took over and your brain followed. You flew along the track with lightness and strength. You ran faster than you believed you could, averaging 3:35 for the 6 repeats (5:45 pace) leaving a little in the tank after the last rep. Remember that you are fast and are getting faster every day.