5 people ran twice around, the rest ran once around (27k), except for two who ran halfway back around (abt. 35k). Martin and Mika T ran some extra, doing 43k and 45k, respectively.
On the way back, Martin took off after 2k, Mika and Rie took off after 4k, or rather Sase-san and I slowed down from 5:40 pace to a more reasonable 5:50-6:00 pace and ran back together.
My legs were very sore and tired the last 6k...hamstrings, quads, everywhere.
Recovery was aided by a dip in the Hanakoganei onsen (400m from my house), followed by beer and soba.
40k. 3:54:15 (1:56:45 / 1:57:30) 4 long stops, 3 or 4 very short stops.
Weather: start 8°, finish 12°, sunny
Week: 84k 7:33
This run felt harder than the 40k I did two weeks ago (which was after a harder Saturday workout), which I guess means that tiredness is accumulating in my legs. I think next week should be easier. Probably the 8 weeks until the marathon should be, on a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being easiest): 3, 5, 5, 3, 5, 4, 2, 1.