A.M. 20 with Mike in 2:09:56 to Bridal Veil Falls and back. First 10 in 1:11:19 to warm up, and the last 10 fast in 58:37. Sarah and Julia made a strap for me to wear around my right big toe and the toe right next to it (index toe?) as an experiment to see if it will change my form for the better. I've been wearing it this week and it felt good, but today was the real test, and I think it went well. I opened the tempo with 5:35 pace thinking I was only running maybe 5:45-5:50. Then I noticed that the split was fast, and that Mike was struggling, so we eased it off to about 5:50 - 6:00. With 4 miles to go Mike struggled more, so I moved up front and had him low-five me once every so often. With 1.5 to go he said he had zero energy left. I told him he had slightly more than zero, and just push without fear. He was able to speed up to 5:52 average for the last mile, and our last two quarters were 87, and 85. I was happy that sub-6:00 pace was easy enough that I could do some motivational pacing at it. And for Mike this was a huge breakthrough, as he had never run this fast for the whole 20, and particularly the last 10 miles of a 20.
P.M. 3 with Benjamin in 24:54.