Yeah - semi long. On the schedule was a nine mile 3/1 run. In Higdon terminology, a 3/1 run is one where 3/4's of the run is at LSD pace (75% to 85% MHR), and the last quarter at target pace (in my case Half Marathon). So, this wasn't really a long run, but it was what was scheduled to wrap up week 1 in Higdon's Advanced Half Marathon plan (actually I do have a 4 mile recovery run today).
The run was decent. I felt strong the entire way. I ran the first 6.75 miles at a heart rate between 75% and 85% MHR. We were on the Lower Back bay trail, which meant that I was going to need to climb 'The Hill". I heeded the words of my doctor and pulled up to a walk as I headed up the hill back toward the start point. The walk contributed to an 11:26 pace for that mile, which put the kabosh on the goal of HM pace for 2.25 miles. But - my back is fine and pain free for the first time in several weeks!
On tap for today - 4 mile recovery run. I'll be back tomorrow morning!