Fisrt 1.5 miles climbs up into the hills so kept that easy at 8 pace, then got into a stead groove at 7:30 for the next 6.5 miles. A little fast for the easy part of a marathon paced run but it felt good so I kept it going. Then I started the MP miles and found 6:50-6:55 comfortably and just clicked off the miles. It was flat and other than a little wind down by the bay it felt pretty good. The first 7 miles went by quickly and then it started to head slightly uphill back towards home. Not a big climb, just about 50'/mile, but enough to make me notice. At mile 18 (so after 10 fast miles) the trail goes over some freeways so there are bridges. I went with the bike ramp VS the steps but the uphill portions kicked my butt. Struggled to keep it in the 6:50's but got thru. Mile 20 (12 fast) finished at the top of an overpass and I was ready to slow down, so called it a day after 12 at MP. The last 3 were just a slog home in the low 8s, which to be honest I could have done without.
Overall 23.24 miles at 7:16 pace (with 12 at 6:52), which was way too fast for a training run. First 20 went by at 7:10 pace, which was about what I ran at Edinburgh last year. So now I have 4 weeks of final training to go. I'll do 2-3 tempos, 2-3 track sessions, a 10k final race the week before and the rest will be easy runs (although Palm Springs may end up being a pretty good effort).
So a solid run, at the end of another solid week of training. Looking back over the last 6 weeks mileage has been 67, 61, 70, 74, 69 and 63 including a fast half marathon, a fast 10k time trial, lots of tempos, lots of hills and 6 long runs from 21-23. It's been a little compressed and I'm ready to ease off a little as I get close to the race.