Today I ran 20 miles in 2:44:30, average pace of 8:13.
This is a huge milestone for me. As always these days, it's a personal distance world record (haha, I love celebrating that each time) and it felt incredible.
OK so it obviously did not feel like 100% heaven the entire time, but it really wasn't all that terrible either. Anyway, the feeling of accomplishment has already made me forget about any negative thoughts that may have gone through my mind during the run.
|Somewhere maybe 3/4 of the way done?|
Oh yeah, did I mention it was raining for the majority of the run?
I was in conversation the entire time (except the last two miles when I was alone), which as always made the time fly by. I met a new girl and we kept together for most of it.
I got lost at mile 18 and couldn't find the water station. That almost made me feel like giving up for 30 seconds. Don't ask how I got lost...but to make a long story short, I ended up stopping in a bar to get a cup of water. Place was empty except the bartender at that hour! Should have gotten a beer now that I think back on it.
This route included some gross hills (this is in my book, mind you) in the middle of the run, perhaps around mile 10/11/12/17?
It looks like I picked up the pace a little with the last couple miles, with average paces of 7:40 and 7:36...looks like I was ready to be done at that point! And I was by myself for these last 2 miles after getting lost, so I was really ready to be done. PreTTY miserable.
two or three more of these 20 mile runs before the marathon.
When I got home, I jumped into my first ice bath and then headed off to brunch with my girlfriends. More about the ice bath later.
Anyone else have any great long (or not-so-long!) runs this weekend?