Lessons learned; move along now

"Tough." "OK."

"Miserable."

"Not so bad."

I've had a variety of descriptions of yesterday's long run of 16.2 miles. In hindsight, nearly 36 hours later, I'm not sure how I feel about it. I at least covered Bedford, Va., fairly well:

Aug. 21 long run

And it was hilly as usual:

Aug. 21 long run elevation

I got it done with no major side effects today. That's a good enough victory to move on to another week of running.

I do know that I'm not running a race and running long the next day again, especially in the summer when the weather can vary so much day to day. Perfect for Saturday's 5k; 91% humidity at the start of Sunday's run ... yeah, not fun.

This week is shaping up to be my third consecutive week of mileage increases before a recovery week next week. At one point I had hoped for my first 40-mile week ever this week, but I'm not focusing on that. I want continued good runs and Hurricane Irene to stay away long enough to avoid torrential rain on my long run. We'll see how I feel come Sunday on a recovery run what the final mileage will be.

Now that I've soaked all this up, it's time to mark it off and move along ...