Today was a 17 miler with 14 at pace in DC. I wanted to keep the route simple so I could concentrate on pace and running form, so I did laps of the National Mall (about 4 miles per lap). Was a bit worried about the weather being too warm, but it was a nice 22 C with high humidity, but it was an early 8 a.m. when I started. After a 1 mile warm up, I went into it. I ran the 14 miles with no breaks, veering off course if the traffic lights weren't co-operating.
It was a tough effort and my GPS wasn't giving me good live feedback, so I had to rely on my memory of marathon pace. I drank half a bottle of Gatorade before going out and went out with three 7 ounce bottles of Gatorade, which I drained throughout the run (and drinking at marathon pace, which is great with those little bottles).
All in all, I'm ecstatic with the run. It showed me I can handle this pace even on my own and I actually was going a bit faster than I should have. Here are the splits (marathon pace is 7:37 miles or 4:45 Ks):
14 miles | 1:45:48 | 7:33 miles | 4:41 kilometres
Every lap was faster than marathon pace except for the second and final one.
Ran about 16.5 miles in total. Next Sunday, I have a half marathon race and now I've done this pacer, it's going to be an all-out effort. Looking forward to see what I can achieve.