Today was the second-last long run before Boston. Most of the runners were going to do 16 miles, but Brian, Jed and I tacked on another 2 miles beforehand to bring the total mileage up to 18. Johnny's chart called for a pace of between 8:31 and 9:31 per mile. Here are the splits:
9:20 (.36 mile)
So, it was a total of 18.36 miles. The average pace was 8:35. The temperature was between 3 and 6 degrees celcius, so I didn't overheat. I had a very large breakfast before the run. I had GU Chomps on the run, which worked well to keep hunger at bay. I felt really good the whole run.
At various parts of the run, I ran with Christine, Gordon, Graham, and Jed, Jenn, John H. and we all had good runs. It makes a huge difference having great people to run with and to help make the time go by quickly.
No question that this was the best long run of the training session. Everything went right!