Today I had 22 miles on tap, and wow what a difference a few days made! I felt SO much stronger today than on Saturday's run, and I really had to hold back to not speed up early on. You can see on my splits some early miles, like mile 9, that made me say "oops!" when I saw my split. I did 18 relaxed then 4 miles at marathon goal pace (the final mile was closer to half pace, though). And it felt amazing! Missy ran miles 2-8 with me, then Casey ran 8-13 and about 15.5-16.5 then 18-19 with me (it's complicated!).
Feeling sub-par for a bit really made me appreciate feeling good more, and I know that I did the right thing with skipping the workout when I felt puny because a) I probably wouldn't have hit my paces anyway, and then I would have been discouraged, and b) I would have delayed my recovery from being sick and not had this run today, and c) I would have risked the illness going into my lungs and really jeopardized my goal races. The tempo workout was rescheduled for September 11, so I get to run it then!
Today was also a work day mileage PR, although I did go into work an hour and a half late (flex time is a beautiful thing!). I could have made it just one hour late, but it was nice to have time to foam roll, take an ice bath, and eat before leaving!