Looking back, I've run 8 marathons over the previous 14 months. I'd say I've run very well in 3 of them, mediocre in another 4, and not so hot in 1.
Since Olympic Discovery Trail, I'm back running with a new approach. Rather than building back up to those 2 hour plus runs, at least for now I am satisfied with an hour workout with focus more on speed and different types of intervals. I've been back in the park doing 800s on trail and loving it. Last night I ran a 5K in 19:48 in training flats for tempo. Another workout last week was 5 x 1 min uphill. Eventually I want to start weekly 400 meter repeats on a track. I am also hosting a 5K Fun Run on the 4th of July, and depending on the turnout would like to continue that.
While I might get into some longer trail runs, at least for now I am not missing those 17-18 mile days. At my age, I feel they've been more like work than a workout, and I want to keep my running fun. 30 minutes easy running, followed by something requiring some effort.
My last 8 marathons
Apr 12, 2008...Moab..............3:07
May 4, 2008...Vancouver.........2:56.43
June 1, 2008...San Juan Island...3:03:54
Sept 7, 2008...Skagit Flats......3:02:31
Sept 27,2008...Bellingham Bay....3:03:38
Nov 30, 2008...Seattle...........2:55:51
Mar 1, 2009....Napa Valley.......2:55:10
Jun 7, 2009...Oly Discovery......3:07:19