The four mile run I did in the 7s with the last at 6:35 or so was on the streets with my wife riding a bicycle next to me – she was using a stop-watch. That 6:35 was likely only .95 and not a full mile.
I have about a month to test these ideas along with becoming consistent for once. I could do a TT one day and have my wife time me with a stop watch.
But you are correct in that I need to focus on finishing even if that means moderate walking. It is just tough to get motivated without something to “work” for. That is part of my problem – needing a goal to get motivated – I need to find the motivation in the running itself.