Today’s long run went well. I ran 12.11 miles in 1:45:05. A majority of the run was on trails at the James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area. I enjoy running longer runs on trails because trail running forces you to focus less on pace. Issues such as ensuring a twig is really a twig and not a snake or keeping your distance from Canadian geese because you don’t want to be the next star of “When Animals Attack” help maintain a slower pace. And that’s exactly what you want on your long runs.
As I had quite a bit of time to think on today’s run, I thought of the following idea. During my transition from base building to quicker marathon training, I would like to make my last long run a test of endurance — just to see how far I can run in one training session. Not really sure how smart this is, as I have never seen it as a part of a training plan, but would certainly be something to work towards. I have never ran farther than a marathon, so it would be new territory for me to run longer than 26.2 miles. At least it’s something to think about . . .
This week’s mileage was 41.33, my highest weekly mileage this year. As I continue to increase my base, I should be near 46 miles for next week. Looking forward to next week, I am trying to arrange my Sunday long run with a few folks from my office.