I knew winter would get the best of me. All the best intentions in the fall can't overcome the lack of desire which comes this time of year.
I decided (after much reading) to switch to strictly low HR training for the next two months. (Thanks Adam for the links on your blog).
Although I have been a runner most of my life, I don't think I have run intentionally at a such a low heart rate for long periods of time (distance, and days).
On a good note, we are going to down to visit my parents in south Carolina for most of February, so I get to have a little sun and warmth.
My plans for the next month are 50-70 miles per week, max HR 149.
In hindsight, my best years did have late winter/early spring running at easy paces. I did not make much progress following the "typical" marathon training plans. I always started them with a strong "base", but maybe not. I will evaluate in early/mid March to see how long I will extend it.
The first 20 at the HR will be interesting. I will probably have to run halfway around Hilton Head Island.
right now 6.5 mhp is where that HR lands. 3:15 20 mile run will be tough mentally, but at least it won't be on the dreadmill.