Tuesday 8.0 miles/1:07:45/8:28 average pace
I am off to San Diego tomorrow, so today is the last day of my work week. :)
This morning's run took me almost the exact same amount of time as yesterday (8 seconds longer), but I ran one mile more. I wasn't planning on running hard, and it didn't feel hard at all.
Here's my splits:
When I subtract out that first "warm up" mile, my average pace for the last 7 miles was 8:20. I know that I sped up at the end, but I get the feeling that THIS is more what marathon pace will feel like. When I did my "MP" runs in the past weeks, I was running too fast (more like 8:00-8:15 pace) and it felt really difficult, which discouraged me. But today's miles felt relaxed and comfortable. Not easy, but not really hard. I am hopeful that the marathon will feel like this up until the final miles, which I expect will be miserable. :)