For the first time ever I did back to back long runs this weekend. It wasn't my plan but the weather kind of set it up for me. Normally I run my long run on Sundays but the forecast was for heavy rain on Saturday AND Sunday. I don't mind running in the rain but I hate leaving a dry house and heading out into the rain. Not sure what the difference is but I'm sure there is one.
So I was a little surprised to see it not raining when I got up on Saturday so I decided to squeeze in my long run then. My long run consists of me mentally mapping out a route in my head as I'm running and trying to figure out how to get the desired distance or time goal (normally time goal). 18 miles and 2 1/2 hrs later I was done and feeling pretty good and I was able to beat out the rain as well.
Sunday afternoon also saw a pause in the rain and I was feeling pretty good so I headed out again, using the same method above but this time targeting a distance, 14 miles in this case. With 14 miles I'd be over 60 miles for the week for the second week in a row. 1 hr 50min later I was home again, just short of my goal with 13.5 miles. Not a bad weekend of running.
I'll start cutting back my miles now in preparation for the Baystate Marathon on Oct 19th, and I was just getting used to running 60+ miles a week :-)