I had D drop me off 6 miles from home, on the outskirts of Griffith Park so that I could run 7 miles of hills and then run home from there. The conditions were perfect for a simulation of Big Sur. It was 60 degrees, partly cloudy, and WINDY. At times, the sky threatened rain, but it never happened. I purposely ran the down hill miles aggressively (sub 7:00/mi). Rightly, or wrongly, I thought it would be a good idea to hit my legs hard and fill them up with lactic acid. I wanted to work on running on tired/sore legs. Of course I regretted that decision around mile 10. The wheels pretty much came off around mile 11, and I was relegated to 9 minute miles. I might not have done the right thing by running those down hills so hard, but I wanted to be able to gain a little confidence.
All in all, I think I averaged around a sub 9:00/mi.
Now, I'm sore.