I had a great tempo 10 miler late last night, so my "Tuesday 10" streak lives on ! It feels great to be able to go out and run a nice tempo pace for a solid performance. These workouts are going to provide continued confidence as my training continues to get tougher.
On the subject of tough training, let me say that I am living proof of the benefits and balance that it brings. Without question, my running is getting stronger. I recover much quicker than I ever have before, and find that I have alot more resilience than I had previously thought. I have hard training sessions as well as recovery runs. I go long on the weekends and feel completely recovered within 3-4 hours. In fact, the back to back weekend long runs have proven to be relatively easy to complete. I know that my training plan is working for me, even though it's new territory in terms of mileage.
I will finish up July with around 175 miles of running. I am happy with that. I will run a 24 mile long run on Saturday, and I am excited about that too. We are now leaving the realm of where my marathon training long runs have taken me in the past, and I am okay with it. Anything I do now will only serve to help me on race day. If I can continue making forward progress, I should be standing on the Start line of North Face 50 mile in October, ready to run.