I ran the same time as last week, however there are signs that I am headed in the right direction.
1. I ran 7 miles the day before, whereas last week I did not run.
2. I felt much better the second mile this time, and ran even splits.
3. My cool-down felt good. I sometimes judge a workout by how I feel AFTER- there are days when I don't even bother with a cool-down jog. That's a sure sign that I am not strong enough or not recovered enough to handle that particular workout.