My perspective on running has changed so much. And the long run, it's a meditation. The pace,the focus, the thoughts, the breathing, ... it's really very interesting to me. I will not give up the long run after my big race. In fact, it doesn't look like I'll even give up on racing. I'm going to try to do a short trail race at least once a month next year. And a couple half marathons... and we'll see what I decide on the full. I'm really looking forward to combining the long run with the trails... I have a few mapped out already!
In the meantime, I am truly enjoying running like I never have before! It feels so good.