Duck(P) @18:13. While the heel might have preferred otherwise, I've found that neglecting hard-surface quality right before a marathon is asking for disaster. Anyway, it felt fine after the warmup.
Seven seconds per mile faster than the same run last fall
. Weather was about the same (as in pretty nice but slightly warm), so it appears there has been a real improvement in tempo pace. We'll see for sure in 17 days. Meanwhile, I'll be kicking back the rest of the week so I'm fresh for DC25 on Saturday which I plan to run pretty hard, but not all out.