I was going to try to do 12 miles today. I know I said that I was going to continue base building before marathon training and maybe do a 12 or 16 week plan instead of an 18 plan. Well, I looked at my training and realized that I have basically done the first of an 18 week program already. If I did 12 today, I'd be right on schedule.
So I tried to do 12 today. I got 11 done and probably could have done 12, but I ran out of time. I looked at my watch at 9 miles and realized that I had to go straight home. It turned out that home was about 1.6 miles away and if I was going to do 10.6, I may as well do 11, so I ran around my block to click off 11.
I'll say that it was as miserable as I ever remember a training run to be. I struggled mightily to average an 8:17 pace. I was drenched, hot, and tired. But my leg felt great!
So, I may start marathon training this week after all. I kinda already have.