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There is even a mileage sign at 3.1 miles, which is nice if one is training for 5K/10K.
I felt good after a few miles, and decided to try doing the 3.5 miles twice, with two additional 2-mile loops added to each, for a total of 15 miles.
I got on the trail at about 7:30 AM Saturday. At 60 degrees, it was a little warmer than I like. It was getting close to 80 by the time I finished. However, compared to some of my long Summer runs (80+ degrees and 98 % humidity at sunrise), not too bad. After two weeks of reduced mileage, I didn't care about pace, just logging good distance and running hours. I finished the 15 miles fairly comfortably, 2:40:38, 10.71 pace.
Sunday, I followed with a recovery run. It always feels good to lightly warm up again while still a little achy from the long-distance run. I returned to the same location and just ran the 3.5 miler, at 38:44, 11.07 pace. It was 65 degrees at 7 AM, a little warmer yet than Saturday. I'm looking forward to the cool front on the way for Monday or Tuesday!
My last good week had been 32 miles total. My most recent two weeks had fallen to 23 and 18.5 miles. So, this got me back on track; a good base mileage week of 36 miles, and a good long run.
I was pleased to see that there was less litter along the trail than I normally saw in the Baytown parks, although on the way out I found a few plastic bottles on the adjoining soccer field, and a couple of cans by the road leading in. Total Eco-run pickup for the two days: 2 aluminum cans, 14 plastic bottles, 1 32-ounce plastic cup, 1 empty mint box, and 1 empty GU package.