After almost three months of this low heart rate work, I was finally able to run 10 miles at an exact 9 minute pace.
When I started this, that would have been more like 9:50 10 minute pace.
My pace is the most relaxed I have been in a long time, and it just feels good. I did 12 on Monday at a 9:10 pace in heavy wind and it still felt great.
I am a little concerned that I won't be able to run at an 7-8 pace sustained for 31 miles, but that is what the first race is for.
I think I will get there early enough to piss in Steve's coffee that morning.