Monday, September 25, 2006

It's Getting Real

For only the 3rd time in my life, I ran 20 or more miles. The first was a training run last year, then the San Diego RNR last year, then my 20 miler yesterday. Without MCM around the corner, 20 miles is just a bit too much for me to go and knock out for no reason.

I ran solo, starting in the dark at 6:30am, and finishing in 3:35. Nice easy even pace throughout, 2 GUs, 1 self-supplied water bottle unlike
others fortunate enough to have a support team, or at least some company!

I felt surprisingly fine all day yesterday after the run. I hope that's a good sign. When I did an 18-miler a few weeks back, I felt like %!@&# all day long, took a long afternoon nap, and still got up feeling tired!

This week is a step down week, followed by one more 20 miler the next week before tapering into the home stretch. I can almost smell the starting line ...

10 comments:

susie said...

It must be a good sign!! Looking forward to meeting you at the MCM. Are you going to the Friday dinner?

Josh said...

Congrats on the 20. Getting those out of the way is a big achievement!

jeanne said...

hey you're running the MCM??? You're officially invited to the friday night washington dinner invitation only extravaganza being arranged by bex (and nominally by me).

Nice work on the 20!

Just12Finish said...

Oh yeah, I'm definitely looking forward to the Friday dinner! Feet, don't fail me now!

Ginger Breadman said...

It sounds like it feels pretty sweet to not have only accomplished the 20, but to have done it solo - pretty powerful thing to do. Great job.

Black Knight said...

In Italy we have a saying: there is no 2 without a 3 (Non c'รจ due senza tre)........and you did it!

Bex said...

Good job on the 20! It looks like you're ready. And I know exactly how you feel about running those long runs alone. I run them by myself 99 percent of the time, including the 16-miler yesterday.

Running Jayhawk said...

Great job on getting the 20 over and done with!! :) THat marathon will be yours for the taking.

*jeanne* said...

You're coming to run Marine Corps?
I'll be running it, too!
YIKES - it's going to be a BIG, CROWDED one.
I just want to see the sights and enjoy it! The same as I always hope for my marathons!

Running Rabbit said...

I so feel ya' on running solo.
:-)