My 1st 'long run' of this training cycle. Just 10 miles, but the pace is a bit faster --- supposed to be 40 seconds slower than Marathon Pace, so around 8:25/mile.
I started off too fast, but was able to reset and at mile 6 was averaging 8:22/mile.
My program allows me to pick up the pace at the end to mimic running the last miles of the marathon on tired legs - so Marathon Pace or faster. I ran miles 7, 8 and 9 at:
7:36 7:30 and 7:23. So, average of 8:05 over the ten miles.
It felt easy, despite the challenging running surface. It has warmed up to -5C/23F, making the shoulders mushy, but the tire ruts icy. There were only a few sections where there was bare pavement. But hey, if there is a freak snow storm in Boston in April, I'm good to go!