You said it Greg; the basic problem is that I'm losing purpose on many of my mid-week runs.
I've fought this issue before, it's a tough one, easy to just get sort of sucked into mileage for mileage's sake (though I do typically enjoy ALL of my runs).
I know what my long runs are for: to run long, to build the ability to work for a long time. From previous marathons and 50Ks and other stuff, I get this.
But the shorter, mid-week runs? It's easy for them to simply be another run, leaving me not sure what they're actually helping, specifically.
And you said it: if it's not a tempo run, not a hill workout, not something specific, what is it then? Running for running's sake is fine, but running to run doesn't necessarily lead to big gains in hill running, speed, etc.
So I guess I'm really at a crossroads: get more serious with the type of some of the workouts I'm doing, or accept a certain level of "plateau", or slower progress, in my abilities. If many of the runs are just to run, that's fine for kicks, but I question if I'm not better off skipping them and focusing more on the long day (and coming into it more fresh).
Yeah, good look with those jalepenos Adan. Hell, throw in some chorizo and hot links while your at it. I'm not running behind you...and make sure to add some TP to your pack.