A cute joke. ;)
I have to say I have not seen Mr. Fluffypants..it's been totally clear for weeks...no rain here and the Mr Guvner has officially called out the "D" word for California. (drought)
I did this as a progression run: 9:20 for 7 miles, 9:05 for 7 and then MP (8:53) for the rest...managing to do almost 22 miles. Temps were 40-55F with bright sun. I purposefully only ate 3 GUs @ 0, 7 and 14 miles.
I would have been hard to crank out another 4.2 miles at MP but I may have been able to do it in a race situation. When I started I could tell I was running on legs that were a bit tired from the previous week, even with the full rest day Saturday.
So, I think I'm probably ok for an 8:53 Garmin pace (3:55 marathon, 8:58 real pace), if I'm lucky I will be able to push harder in the 2nd half and eek out a small PR.
It will be warmer than here in Surf City on race day, probably about 65F at the end of the race..so I will run a lot mid-day during the taper weeks to get used to warmer temperatures.
My highest mileage week for this buildup. I have found that doing 50 miles a week is about my limit...it's not clear to me it's optimal to do that much, as there is a cost in the quality aspect but we did get a lot of fast running in.
I am looking forward to the taper!