I was thrilled when I looked at my watch and saw that I had made my pace. I ran 8 miles at 7:53 which is right on target. The run was difficult. There is a middle uphill portion that kills my pace and the last 1.5 miles was very difficult as well. You'd think that there are more significant hills than the one at the 5 mile mark, but the hill at mile 5 gets me every time.