A nice rainstorm came into town so by the time I got off work (a long week), I was ready to let loose on the roads. The air was cool and the trails were pretty quiet, being a Friday heading into a long weekend. Fall is already in the air.
I particularly love doing distance runs during the week. Feels like an accomplishment to run race distances right after work. Maybe it's that that pushes me to make a 12 mile run a 13 mile, or even what makes me run the extra .1 mile to log the half marathon distance.
I'm ready to work. The cooler weather opens the possibility for me to work harder on the roads. I may even think about doing the speedwork that I've been putting off because of the knee problems that have virtually vanished since my vacation mid last month.
It occurs to me that I have six weeks before marathon day. That's only three more weeks of build up. This will be quiet the fall racing season. At least four races, three of them are marathons. The Big Apple awaits, as does my fourth consecutive Marine Corps Marathon. This will be epic, and that's only my running life. Work will be huge as well.
Anyways, back to the day to day, today it felt great to pump up the pace. 13.1 miles in 1:48.