22mi today, which is longer than the 20mi that I had on my schedule, but Hansons do say that they don't recommend that you run LRs over 2.5 hours and, at 6:42 pace, I was just under that. Having done a 22mi is reassuring mentally, even if it makes little difference physically.
It's been a tough 83mi week, including the dreaded 12mi w/ 5x1600 @ 5k, a 16mi w/ 10MP and the 22.
RBC, sorry to hear about the ITBS. I had it a while back. Foam rolling definitely helped me, though it was excruciating at first. When you're back running try to avoid running downhill as that used to make my ITBS flare up.
AndrewG, having started running at 36, a plan to run the London Marathon in my 40th year was my mid-life crisis too . It was my first sub-3, which made it even more special. Thinking back, I deferred my 40th birthday celebrations as I was in the middle of training.. and then never did do anything.
Still tired from those ridiculous intervals on Sunday, 16mi with the middle 10 at MP was pretty grim today. The MP miles felt like they were a block late in the marathon.
During the warm up I stopped to blow my nose and cleared a massive amount of slime from being my left eye, which was an added bonus.
With 3mi warm up at 7:29 and 3mi cool down at 7:23, the 2mile split paces for the MP bit were 6:12,6:12,6:13,6:11,6:11. So, on target (target 6:14 MP), but very hard work today.