This Spring and Summer I've been doing many of my runs with the SBRC which has been great. I enjoy the company and the challenge. Most of the running gets done at a pace between 8:30 and 9:15 per mile. This is a light jog for many, but for me, right now, it's closer to a tempo run.
I'm beginning to get nervous about the approach of the Hudson-Mohawk Marathon in mid-October. I'm used to aiming at an early November Marathon, so I'm already feeling a bit behind schedule. In particular, I'm feeling pressure to start logging those 15 mile + long runs. That said, the club runs are leaving me feeling pretty beat up after 10-12 miles.
So, I decided to revert to my old approach of long, very slow, long runs -- chugging along at a 10 minute plus pace. I had plans to run with M on Sunday, but no plans for Saturday. The end result was that I set a one-weekend distance record, running 14 miles on Saturday and 17 miles on Sunday. It was a pleasure. On Saturday, my legs twinged a bit after 9 miles, but then were okay. Sunday was just a pleasant easy run 11 with M, and 6 on my own.
We'll see how the recovery goes . . .