Yesterday was my last big mileage day before the Big Sur marathon in two weeks. The weather was very nice. The average temperature was 55F/13C and sunny. That 17 mile run (9:11/mi ave pace) was easier than Monday and Wednesday's 12 mile runs. What a difference 15 degrees makes!
After running 9 miles yesterday, I noticed that I was hardly sweating and that my legs felt fresh. After running 11 miles, I sped up for four miles and it wasn't as hard as usual to do. I cooled down with two miles towards home and I felt like I could have run farther. I wish every long run could be like that! After the run, I made myself some cocoa and a snack.
Today I ran 6 miles with my dog. Those shoes in the photo are the second pair of Asics 1140's I bought for $60 at Sports Authority on Post Oak Blvd. Great price! I can't wear no-show socks with them, though, or my ankles get rubbed raw on long runs from the shoe tongue. I've worn 1140's since January. I haven't had any problems that kept me from running this time around, so I think they're great!