but the mtb trails, esp. before or after hours, are great for long runs I think, eg, ILRA from JCP.
Although whenever I try it, I go home and Barbara has done a 50% longer trail the same morning.
With M-14 closure Huron River Drive is probably more busy, but Argo to Bird Hills trails are much better choice anyway. You can also loop around Water Hill neighborhood for extra climb and mileage. And starting from North Campus you could add some Arboretum as well.
Both good suggestions. Unfortunately we are trying to keep to pavement to prep our bodies for the pounding of a road marathon. I think my knee injury last summer was a result of switching from primarily trail running to moving to a long run on pavement without the proper prep. :/
Might make the trip out to Hines for a nice pavement run, any other suggestions?
If you need mental toughness...Lakeland trail. Paved former railroad. Pancake and straight. There is ice cream accessible. (Capn frosties). Park in Hamburg. You could stage water at the road crossings.
Kensington's 8.5 mile lake loop is scenic, rolling and paved. Can extend with out and back to Milford if needed for mileage. Accessible from ILRA (which has paved trail)
Or Dexter to Hudson Mills and back via paved trail.
Or loops of belle isle (5 miles per).