The best weather I’ve had on any run so far. Sunny and breezy. It’s the first time I haven’t needed a sweatshirt on a long run since starting training. Just shorts, a T shirt, and a thin long sleeve cycling shirt.
The training schedule said to try and do the 18 miles in 3 sections. I did the route from Ashtead to Dorking Station with a double back at Denbies. The first and last 6 miles was at an ‘easy pace’ and the middle 6 at ‘target’ marathon pace. I decided to aim for an easy pace of 10 mins 30 secs and a target pace of 9 mins 50 secs. It didn’t quite work out that way, but not too bad. The first and last 6 miles were about 10:40 a mile and the Middle 6 about 9:25. Still, it was good practice and I also managed to use my camelback for drinking, which helped. My time was 3 hours 8 mins.
I was knackered at the end, particularly as I have 22 miles to ‘look forward to’ next Sunday!