My wife suggested I start running twice a day. I've never been much of a morning runner, even in the summer when it's about 145 degrees in the afternoon. I realized that if I'm to make significant progress I need to step things up, so I took her advice and ran 4.5 miles this morning. I loved it. It took a little longer to loosen up than usual and the first mile was about 25 seconds slower than normal, but I loved the morning run.
It looks like I've established a pretty comfortable pace for runs between 3-8 miles of 8:25. That's obviously a far cry from where I want to be but it's a good deal faster than what I was running last year at this time. So for now, I'll give myself a pat on the back, gear up for getting faster, and continue to improve.
There's a good post on BQby40 about goal setting and disappointment. Check it out.