The "Long Run" is crucial to training for long distance races, or so I've read. It makes sense though; if you want to race long, you need to train long. The goal is not only to get some serious distance under your feet and legs, but also to put some minutes and hours under them as well.
Today I set out on a 14 mile route I had run in the past. I felt like I had a faster pace than my previous time to run the route. The weather was cooler than it had been and I made sure to get started before the sun came up so I'd finish in relatively cool weather.
This long run felt good. Much better than the 10 miles I ran last Saturday. The only preparation I made sure I completed was to drink plenty of water on Thursday and Friday because my issue with dehydration last week sucked and I didn't want to go down that path again.
Another thing I think that helped with this long run was that I took both Thursday and Friday off. Thursday was a planned rest day, but Friday I had a 4 mile run scheduled. I felt like taking an extra day would mean I would be fresh enough to keep good form through the run, even if the temperature started to rise. I was right. The run felt great and I'm thinking the extra time off might be something to think about for next week.