i hadn't done anything over four miles for almost a week, so i decided to go long this morning. i ran around the neighborhood in my never-pass-an-intersection-without-turning pattern. there were a few times, that i had to do some fancy thinking to get out of a seemingly endless loop. i did a lot of looping around blocks to avoid certain streets which i hate running on. stout was the main one i wanted to avoid. it's crown is so high that running on the edge of the street is uncomfortably cockeyed. so around and around i went until i hit eight miles a minute or two after 6:30. i was near home so i didn't get into too much trouble for waking my wife a little late.