PM: 16 miles moderate to uptempo with 8 miles at marathon effort, averaged 7:00 overall. HR 159.
Went to Rochester Municipal Park and they were charging for an event. And everyone else was trying to get me to pay to park everywhere I went. I don't really like driving to run and I will not pay to park and run. The neighborhoods have basically lots of space but almost no parking. I did find a spot eventually. I managed to pick up the trail just a piece down the road and got rolling.
It was overcast and cooler but still not fall conditions. I did get some rain, which was nice. The trail was not crowded. I did see the usual squirrels (both black and grey), a few turkeys, which I inadvertently chased, and a fawn, which was very cute.
I turned on my auto split to keep the pace honest and so I could have some feedback to keep me focused and so I could try to run a progression on the way back at marathon effort down to AT and LT if I was feeling okay. 7:15 felt reasonable for cruising speed on the way out and 6:35-6:40 was about all my legs could turn out on the way back. Assuming my monitor was right, I nailed the effort at just under 165 BPM average. I recently decided to continue to use my monitor but turn off the feedback. Too much distraction. It turns out I've got fairly accustomed to sensing marathon effort.
6:46 (159), 6:39 (162), 6:38 (163), 6:37 (163), 6:40 (162), 6:43 (167), 6:30 (170), 6:35 (173)
6:38.5 average and just under 165 BPM
I didn't cool down, which might be why these moderate to uptempo efforts the last few weekends have been destroying my stomach. Or maybe its the cheap beer.
Pleased with the effort given current fitness and training. I am not sure what I am doing for racing this fall as I work most weekends, but I might fit in a couple 5k and/or 10ks. Hoping for a marathon in March or April with a half marathon PR attempt during the buildup as my longer short-term goal. I think I am content to run every day and run some decent mileage (70-80) and see where things go and wait for things to settle.