The goal for the past 9 months has been the Rocky Raccoon 100 Miler in Texas. My summer training was very good. Since then, my weekly mileage has been way down, but I've been getting in the long runs.
I ran 40 miles today in the the cold rain & mud. Around 42 degrees the whole run. The last 15 miles was great. Ran 4x10 mile loops and all loops were within 6 minutes of each other. The fastest one was the last one. On a day when you're out there for 7 hours in lousy conditions, not seeing anyone the whole run, you get a little lonely. I talked on the cell phone as I ran most of the last hour! ...and yes, it was my fastest loop. I think the phone distracted me from wanting to walk up the hills. I didn't stop that whole last hour, while I'd walked some of the hills earlier.
I'll do some snowy mountain runs next weekend, a 60 mile training run the weekend of Dec. 20, and probably a couple of long days on the Appalachian Trail the first weekend of January & I'll be ready to go for 100 in early February.