Today was the day. I finally put in a long run worthy of the title. It's been slow going coming back from a summer than was real short on running. After putting in 16 miles today at a clip of 8:31/mile, I'm officially back. I feel good about where I am and where I'm going.
I also put in some good mental work today as well. Instead of simply going out and running around for 16 miles, I decided to make it mentally exhausting as well. Consequently, I jogged over to a park about a block away and did 47 laps around a cider walking path. I then jogged back. In total, it was 16 miles in 2:16:14. Every once in awhile, I like to punish myself with things like this. I like to use it to build up my mental strength, as well as working on my focus throughout a run. It could be quite easy to slow down, speed up, or simply fall off a run of that length when doing it about a 1/4 mile at a lap.
All of my mile splits fell between 20 seconds above or below my average time per mile of 8:31/mile. I am satisfied with where I am physically right now. I have 2 more key workouts left in the next few weeks as I continue in my march toward November 1st. The next key workout will be mile repeats at marathon pace. I did not think I would be ready to run a pace of 8:00/mile for New York, but after doing the half marathon in 7:15/mile and running 16 today at 8:31/mile, I think it's doable. Especially because of the way my long run was done today. I plan on doing as many repeats at 8:00/mile pace as possible with about a minute rest in between. Then, my last, big workout will be my final long run of between 18-20 miles, at about 8:30/mile pace. In addition to these two workouts, I will add in some mileage and some hills.
Finally, I am trying to plan out all the race logistics as well. I am working on a list of stuff to bring, transportation to and from, as well as how I can get the fam there as long as it works for Maura (since she will be about 7 months pregnant by then). I have work to do!