Saturday, July 30, 2011
20.5 mile long run.
It was a beautiful morning, we were able to enjoy the sun as it came up over the mountains, turning the clouds pink and purple. I had told myself before we started that no matter what the rest of the group did, I would run a comfortable pace for me. I knew by 5-6 miles that I was going faster than I'm used to, but we were following Holly and Terry's MO - take a short walking break every 2 miles, and as sub-4 hour marathoners, I was more than willing to follow their lead. Those little breaks were just enough to get a drink, have some fuel and rest my legs. We followed this pattern until around 15 miles, when my knee was really starting to bother me and I was also starting to feel the effects of the heat of the day, with a headache starting and some lightheaded-ness to go with it. I decided to take a couple of extra walking breaks on my own until I felt a little better, and caught up with my friends when Terry stopped for a bathroom break. The last few miles were tough, my legs were on fire, but I just kept talking myself through the roughest patches and having someone to talk to helped A LOT! Before we knew it were back to my car, where I had packed a cooler with chocolate milk for us to enjoy after our run. We finished the 20.5 miles in just under 4 hours, which equated to an 11:42 min./mile pace. Dang, if I can cut out even a couple of the walking breaks and keep that pace for the whole 26.2, I might be able to break 5 hours on my marathon after all!