Tuesday: 9 miles, including 7 miles @ 9:46 pace (goal 9:54); Holding the pace during the tempo pick-up was not as easy as I had hoped it would feel, but I got it done.
Wednesday: 9 miles @ 10:35 pace; Was dragging a little early in the run but felt strong at the end. I once did 11 miles & 22 miles on consecutive days as part of Goofy training, so I keep reminding myself of that when doing these Tues/Wed mid-long run mileage combos.
Friday: 16 miles @ 10:44 pace; Way too fast for a long run. But it felt comfortable. I am optimistic about this plan because this long run was two weeks after my first 20 miler (with a cutback week similar to taper week in between). Hopefully this means with the reduced mileage during taper I will at least feel this fresh on race day and that the two week taper will work for me. If I can keep feeling good on long runs I may reevaluate my SF Marathon race day goals.
The next three weeks of the training plan are pretty scary mileage-wise. I am trying to take everything one run at a time. BIG DEEP BREATH...