Warmed up a mile and then did a Spartan type workout. I did 5x alternating between .3 and .6 mile loops and then jumping right into 4 pullups and 10 push ups between each rep. I also did squat jumps for one of them. I meant for it to be pretty easy but I sped up and ran mid 6 minute range for the whole workout- mile two was in 6:22. I felt pretty great at upper 6 minute pace but started feeling pretty hot and out of breath going between core and low 6 minute pace. The core felt pretty easy, I think all of the tight turns and stopping and starting, getting in and back out of the sunroom/exercise room in the back of my house was equally hard as the pull ups/push ups.
I took a break after the first 4 miles and drank some water and walked around to let myself cool down. Then I ran 4 miles easy, about 1.5-2 miles of it on grass. I finished with a mile in 6:23 and then 10 burpees and then a quarter mile in 77, I meant for it to be at mile pace but I guess I was pretty tired. I went right into 10 more burpees after the 400m and then cooled down about 3 quarters of mile.
Eventually I want sub 6 pace to feel like 6:45 pace feels now. I imagine it will take a year or so of consistently increasing mileage and doing speed/tempo workouts to get there, but if I could maintain sub 6 pace in a Spartan race outside of hills and obstacles that would be pretty great. I'll do an actual easy long run next weekend.