Pondering paces: 6.1 mile loop at 52:02 (with a couple short water breaks off the clock), c. 8:30 pace - it is hilly, first bit was quite hard effort, avg HR 165 is basically half-marathon race pace...
(I want someone to offer magical divination techniques to tell me I am not overreaching to aim for a four-hour marathon!)
(My sprint times from the running class last week are commensurate with that sort of time goal, I think, and I believe that another year of experience in endurance sport is probably the biggest boost from last year's time...)
I WILL HAVE TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY!
IT IS IN LESS THAN THREE WEEKS! THIS IS GOOD!
(I wouldn't mind if it were SOONER, though!)