It’s been a while since we’ve spent time together! Nashua rail trail has been a steady place to do longer flat runs but I left it in June of last year to hit the trails and mountains. Doing 80″ “long” Sunday runs adding 10 min a week – around the same time as last year but in Z3 vs. Z2 and @ 180 cadence (last year I didn’t start using metronome until spring). Keeping up the cadence adds pressure for sure!
Lesson learned last year: You will always be tired at the end of a workout. You will always think, if I’m this tired at this distance/time, how will I ever make it for as long as I need to go….. but you will. Doing intervals, doing hills will never be “easy” but your recovery after will be shorter. Last year, I would have been absolutely crippled for the rest of day with my lower back issues – mostly resolved!