North side - 8 miles, averaged 7:56.
A few 7:30s in there. I much prefer them when they aren't forced and just happen (felt like I was running around 8:15-8:20 overall). Yesterday was just too fast for proper recovery. I did do ~.25 at goal marathon pace to make sure my shoes are firm enough to my liking. They feel good. A much lighter, plyable upper drops some weight so I don't think I will run in flats (even though I have been doing long run workouts in them).
Another recovery day, an aerobic tempo to keep sharp, and then pretty much easy with a pretty decent dropoff Thursday and Friday. Cutback/race week. Should be below 80 for the week. Mileage was up a bit this week. I don't expect to hit that high again this buildup. Continue to hold steady at 85-88. I think that's my Goldilocks mileage zone.
I am often inspired by older runners on the blog (that is, barely older and also a few decades older), but this young gent is something to see. Running really hard and also, from what I can tell, racing REALLY well., and just pouring it on through the closing laps. Congrats to Connor.