There is something aboutt finishing a long run that is satisfying. Besides the obvious training benefits I mean. Setting a goal for the day, going out alone in most cases, and banging out a somewhat monotonous run over 2 hours in length is great.
Today's 15 mile run is my longest run in months and I held a pace of 8:20/mile over the course of the run. My fastest splits were 8:04 and 8:05 and my slowest mile splits were 8:40 and 8:44. For the most part, I was locked into a middle range and held pace pretty well.
The fitness is building. It's time to build speed. My plan for Friday is to do 3 mile repeats at a slightly slower pace, just under 7:00/mile pace. I had been putting up screaming numbers in my pace for my previous speed work and I think it was inhibiting the amount I was able to complete. I want to dial it back and lengthen the workout Friday.
Enjoy the day and get out for a run. At least here, it is beautiful.