This blog post has been a long time coming – but the past few weeks have been insane, so it’s taken awhile for me to sit down and write.
I again went running with Steel City Road Runners for the twenty-miler. I was originally in a t-shirt and shorts, but it was a balmy 40 degrees to start so I grabbed a long sleeved Underarmour from the gym bag I keep in my car. I knew I’d regret wearing it as I warmed up…and boy did I!
The run went 5 miles out, 5 miles back, then 5 miles in the opposite direction and 5 miles back to the original starting point. Again, I paced between the 11-minute mile and the 12-minute mile so I could figure out where I wanted to be on race day.
As usual, I ran miles 5-10 the fastest and then slowed down from there. It was difficult to pass where I had started knowing I had 10 more miles to go! But they say training for a marathon is mostly about mental fortitude over physical strength, so I also honed that. The road runners provided Gu packets at the 10 mile marker, and I got to experiment with the strawberry banana flavor – not too bad as far as Gus normally taste.
I finally finished and got Chik-Fil-A to reward myself, then passed out in an ice bath. And it was lovely.
Then I ran 10 the other day and tweaked my hip flexor. But it was pretty – I was home in MD and ran along the C&O canal towpath (photos below), which I had always wanted to do but never actually took the time to! Carpe diem! And now I taper. Blah.