Saturday 16 September, 07:26
12C, cool, grey and overcast. A 20 mile long run was on the marathon schedule. This has been a high mileage week, so planned to do a steady pace and just get to Chesterfield and back on the trails, alongside the Chesterfield Canal.
Thought I may have overdressed, swapping a t-shirt for thicker long sleeved NYC top. Could have got away with a shirt, but it was OK. Wore gloves too. Slight drizzle and a bit of light rain on and off.
The mostly flat route was straightforward and I just kept it going. The previous evening I’d calculated to do about 3h10, 9:30 min/mile. Just had the route and total mileage showing on TomTom, no pace or time data, so just ran by feel. Was shocked by the final total time/pace, which shows I’m on track for sub-4 in Indy 🙂
Took bites of a Chia Charge from mile 4 and finished it by mile 12. Had a gel at 17 miles and drank 500ml water. Didn’t seem to suffer any energy drop, legs felt mostly good, bit of fatigue in last 2 miles but this was my strongest and fastest 20 miler I can remember. With Indy being flat this was my first good test of marathon fitness.
Distance: 20.09 miles
Time: 2:54:09 (prev best run #668 in 2013: 3:01:17)
Avg pace: 8:40 min/mile
Trainers: Brooks Cascadia
Weekly summary: 7.7+7.7+7.7+5.5+3+20.1=51.7 miles