My final long run - and I nailed it!
Perfect conditions - maybe a little cold. Temperature was 2C/35F, with very little wind. It started off mostly clear, but clouded over and rained steady for a while, and then cleared again.
Instead of tackling that one insanely steep hill at the 9 mile mark, I decided to turn around at the bottom and take a different route home.
My running time was 2:10:51 for an average pace of 8:10/mile. It was 8:16/mile for most of it, but I picked up the pace for the last few miles.
My splits: 8:28 8:12 8:03 8:16 8:19 8:23 8:18 8:14 8:19 8:19 8:09 8:25 8:00 7:50 7:47 and 7:43.
Physically, my right side issues faded as the run progressed. I don't know if that's because they actually warmed up, or if they were just numb at that point. I have ice on them now.
As far as nutrition goes, I followed my race plan: one chew every km and one gel every 6 miles. Water only for hydration. It seems to be working well. It gives me about 70 grams of carbs/hour. My stomach seems to be handling it, with only some minor complaints along the way, so that is my race day plan. I have my GPS watch set up to beep every km (eat a chew), but I'm marking my pace in miles, as I find that easier for some reason.
So, just 2 more strength runs and 2 more tempo runs to go. The rest are easy paced runs. This was also my longest mileage week at 66 miles - so now the taper will begin.