Flat road runs were (are?) the rage when I was considering marathons a few years ago. Thankfully, I came to my senses and realized I was neither very fast nor very interested in road running. I've since avoided most road running, unless it lead to a trailhead.
After punishing myself with climbs (and endless descents) over the last few weeks, a flat, long road run with Tim Stahler was appealing. Unfortunately, not every day leaves me fired up for a run, and this was one of those days. Thankfully, it was one of those days for Tim S. as well. We both were dragging and cribbing about "heavy legs"; with him coming off a track workout and me coming off a dizzying stair workout. So, whining away, we churned out the first few miles until finally falling into a slow groove. At some point, I hinted that it'd be nice to pick up the pace in the last half and maybe even spark a fast last 5k. It all seemed like a good idea at mile 8. We did manage to find some leg turnover while still "jogging" along over the last 12 miles, even finding a 6:15 mile from 19-20mi. Overall, a good run to prep Tim S. for his PR marathon attempt in a few weeks at Napa.
Of course, post run requires dumb photos and solid food.