I'll step right up folks and post my run for today, would really like to see what the rest of you are doing:
51F at beginning, 53F at end, 21.00 miles in 3:28:04, average pace 9:55 per mile. This was the goal run I had for last week but didn't make it, so I stubbornly added a half hour to the run and went for it again. It was about 10 degrees cooler and that helped, but I think my training helped too. This run puts me on target for a 4:20 to 4:30 marathon on New Years Day. A good day would be faster than that, but a bad day would be slower. Either way I should beat my St. George time unless heat is a factor, which is always a possibility around here.
When I anxiously peered out the window at 5:00 a.m. it was raining and gusty. That doesn't usually bother me for a shorter run but it gave me pause this morning. I knew my feet would be wet and my shirt heavy by the time I got done. I have a weak mind, what can I say. But I made it out the door and everything went pretty well after I got going. It never rained too hard, but my feet were wet and my shirt was heavy by the time I got done. My splits were:
10:20, 9:25, 9:46, 9:53, 9:59, 9:42, 9:53, 10:00, 9:45, 9:52, 9:53, 9:56, 9:51, 10:00, 9:47, 10:00, 9:56, 10:00, 9:58, 10:03, 10:05.
I learned a lot on this run. I got my hydration and electrolytes working pretty well so I could concentrate on my other systems. By the time I got 2/3 of the way in I was struggling with every mile, but I learned that I could push through when I don't have stomach issues.