First, I ran 13 miles in 2:09 (about 10:07 avg. pace). I then ran 5 more progressively faster miles.
Here are the splits:
8:07 -that's right!
I ran those last 5 miles in 46 minutes flat. (Avg. pace 9:11). I've heard (McMillan?) that on a fast-finish run like this, the average pace you can maintain in the fast-finish part is probably the marathon pace you'll be able to sustain in your race. I like this. I felt as if I could have run one more mile in the 7:50's.
It is so good to be feeling strong a couple of weeks out from the race.
I just checked up on Matt Patten, who's running the Zumbro 100, and according to Helen he's doing fine at 37 miles. Average pace 9:50ish. Hang in there, Matt!
That's it for now! Happy Saturday.