And, another week in the books. After marathon training nearly continually since April, it actually feels nice to be running a bit less mileage, especially since life (including work) is getting pretty busy. Saturday was my first progressive long run since the marathon - until now, I've had a limit of 12 miles. And it went pretty well. 15 miles with the last 3rd at marathon pace effort was a non-issue, and not the strain I had partially anticipated. My race on Thursday, though not a mindblowing performance, was also pretty good for where I am right now in my training. So two confidence boosters in a week - not bad.
It's nice reminder to me that I don't need to overfocus on my strengths. I tend to buy into the "more miles always better" mentality, since that's a truism for many. And I like running lots of miles - it's right in my wheel house. But, in my case, I fell like I'm thriving from backing off on the miles and increasing the quality of my runs. I'm stretching out of my comfort zone, and just trusting that my endurance will be there when I need it. It will be interesting to see how this all works out in a few weeks in my half-marathon.