Today I completed my first 18-mile run for this marathon training cycle. It's been almost a year since my last 18-mile run during my training for the St. Louis marathon.
I did the 18 miles in very tough conditions: 10 degrees wind chill and slushy/icy pavement. But I got the run in at an average pace of 9:51 per mile.
Given the conditions, I'm happy with the time. Two of my fastest miles were the last two miles. I was tired afterwards, but I feel I've recovered well.
I do believe that the long runs get easier and you recover faster the more years you do long runs. Certainly, I could have bagged this run given the weather and told myself I'll make it up later, but mentally I stayed strong. I made myself get out there and get this run in. I feel great for having completed it.
I'm hoping for much better weather on my next long run of 20 miles.