Ran a route from the school that goes by Ted's Fried Clams (closed for the season, see you in May!). The first half features two really brutal climbs. One sharp and another prolonged. Second half is gravy though; a few sharper downhills at first and then the last handful miles are on a gradual decline that's quite ripe for a killing.
Went really well. Legs felt great and I took the first half easy but ran a progression in the second half to give the legs some turnover.
Additionally, had a great meeting last night with the Professor and Crux at the Thirsty Pig in Portland (great place). They've been very valuable in the past, specifically with giving road marathon advice and I also wanted to keep the group very small so we'd stay focused. We hashed through a LOT... talking about what has worked and what hasn't, differing theories, what the pros do and if it's applicable to us, identifying strengths and weaknesses, what to do with them and about them, diet, rest days...the works. It was extremely productive and insightful. I walked away last night feeling pumped and ready and will be putting together my Boston regiment with a lot more confidence now. Should have it all mapped out by this weekend.
Ran 10.6 miles @ 7:33/mile pace.
Mid 30s, overcast.
Saucony Kinvara 3, long tights, windbreaker, long sleeved shirt, beanie, gloves.