LONG training run. Averaged out at an 11:06 pace, for a total running time of 4:26:15. Temperature started at 15C/59F and rose to 24C/76F with low humidity. Total elevation gain of just under 1,000 feet. I ran from my hotel, around Lake Ramsey and Lake Laurentian, using the trail system.
Ran the first 6 miles on mostly roads; entered the trail section for the last 2 miles. Average pace of 9:20.
The next 6 miles were highly technical. I mean, literally pulling myself up with the trees and scampering on all 4's over steep bedrock, complex roots, TONS of mud, etc. I did one face plant in the mud which was not pretty, although I'm sure it looked funny. I had to go another 2 miles to find some water to wash off everything - my water and gatoraide spigots were covered with mud. Average overall pace had dropped to 11:48 at this point.
The next 6 miles were a combination of trails and roads. Still pretty steep, and my legs were now like rubber. Managed to bring my average pace down to 11:25.
The final 6 miles were all lake side boardwalk or roads. Just focused on putting one foot in front of the other and finished.
Two weeks from today, I have my final LONG run ... 26 miles. It's nuts, I think, to run a full marathon distance as a training run!