The weeks are really flying by now, and by the results of my runs this week, clearly I'm doing something right in my training. This week's 35 miler was a quick one at 7:48/mile pace. I caught up with a super nice guy on the Mt. Vernon trail and we ran for 3 or 4 miles as we chatted about all things running. That conversation came along at the right time as I always run faster when I'm running/talking with someone. He kept me from falling into that slow-down funk that sometimes hits me around (boring) mile 22 or so on this trail. Once he peeled off to head home, I kept kicking the rest of the way to empty the tanks. It felt great out there, especially since I ran a hard Treadmill Death March the night before and, due to my work schedule, had to burn my day off on Monday (meaning I ran hard 5 straight days leading up to the long run). Clearly my legs are responding to the hard work...
One other note: This was my first week running in my new pair of Brooks Radius 7s. They're a little lighter than the Brooks Trances I've been training in for the past 6 months or so, but there doesn't seem to be any sacrifice on the cushioning (which is all I really care about in my road training shoes). When you consider they run about $30 less than the Trances too, I'd say I think I've found myself a new training shoe for the roads!
Tuesday: 8.5 miles - Haines Point Loop
Wednesday: 8.5 miles - Haines Point Loop
Thursday: 8.5 miles - Haines Point Loop
Friday: 4.3 miles - Treadmill Death March
Saturday: 35 miles - Mt. Vernon Trail
Sunday: 8.5 miles - Haines Point Loop
Total: 73.3 miles