I sat at my computer trying to map out a route that would be over 6 miles, but less than 8. Click, click, click. Undo last point, undo last point. It was a lot of that for 20 minutes. I've got my easy run, hill run, and tempo run loops all figured out, but the long runs get boring unless you try something different each time. You need something to keep yourself occupied mentally... like trying to remember where you are supposed to make turns on your just mapped out route.
I mapped 7.5 this evening. I cut a little off when I actually ran it and ended up with 6.75 miles in 1 hour. I ran just under 9 minute pace. I am pretty sure my endorphins kicked in around 5 miles, because that feeling like you can run forever took over and I was running with ease the rest of the way home. If I knew that was going to happen, I wouldn't have cut the .75 out of my loop.
My goal was to run 6 miles and mission accomplished. Next week's long run must be over 7 miles to make sure I am making improvement.