A 15-Mile Medium Long Run

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My marathon next Saturday in Mannheim is scheduled as a training run, so I really haven’t reduced my mileage by much this week. However, I did cut my long run down to just over 2-1/2 hours. Although I run ultra distances, I still have respect for the marathon distance, especially for a city marathon like Mannheim – my legs simply do not hold up as long when I am pounding pavement.

In any case I did my long run on Friday night after work. It was a rather humid 25C/77F as I made my way to Weingarten to run my hilly route. I work my Camelbak and was ready to go. I climbed the first hill, then immediately went down again and climbed it again on a different trail. I did this a couple times, gradually working my way around the “mountain”, hammering up the hills at a slightly faster tempo then normal. After about an hour and a half I switched to the rolling hills on the plateau on top and cruised around for about 70 minutes longer before calling it a night.

At the end of my run I still felt good enough for another loop or two, for me a sign that my training is effective. Of course the real test will be at the marathon…we’ll see what happens.

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