Drumroll please....23 miles down! It was freakin' gorgeous outside today! 30 degrees and sunny. I've decided this is the best running weather ever and as much as I complain about winter I absolutely love these temps!!!!
So, I had 20 on the schedule today. I had already planned for 22 as I think the confidence I get from running over 20 miles before a marathon is worth the wear and tear it may take. My sick husband decided to knock out a few miles with me even though I told him I could handle it on my own. I decided to run a 5.6 mile loop so I would have easy access to water etc. This is about the most boring loop ever but at least I have to cross two bridges every time which makes for a little elevation change in this flat country! We made it to mile 3 and Joe threw up on the side of the road! Poor guy still had 2.6 miles before we got back to the car. Actually, by mile 4 he said he felt a lot better and finished the first loop with me. I don't turn on my Ipod when I'm running with him obviously and I like it because it allows me to keep my pace down at the beginning. Only 3 more loops to go and they pretty much flew by. I ended up taking 2 powerbar gels (mile 5.6 and 17) and drank only water at the car.
Final splits: 23 miles/3:06:32/avg pace 8:06
I would certainly never say this was easy but it really wasn't nearly as hard as my last training cycle. My plan calls for my long runs to be at 8:18 until next week when they jump to 8:12. I was trying to stay around this pace but I'm finding it to be fine for the first 8 miles but harder as I warm up. Anyway, I got it done and I'm elated right now! I got home and had big plans to put on sweatpants, pull my hair in a ponytail and curl up on my couch!! Joe goes off call at 9 pm tonight and while I was running made plans with 2 other couples to go out for drinks! I thought he was sick! My God, my perfect lazy evening ruined. Now, I have to fix my hair, put on makeup and heels and participate in a quality conversation. Ha! Yes, I'm sure I will have a great time however, the couch was really sounding good!
So, here goes with the shoutouts!!
Morgan, B.O.B. and Jamoosh are all running the Gasparilla Marathon! I swear these are three of the funniest blogs out there and I cannot wait to read the rundowns after the weekend! Good luck guys!!
Carlee is running the Hyannis Marathon! I think she's gonna rock this as well!!
Lorian is running the Rodeo run 10K! This distance makes me want a cigarette and I don't smoke! A LITTLE stressful for me but I bet she does awesome!
I'm sure I missed some like usual and will end up reading the race reports afterwards! Good luck EVERYONE!! Now, to fix the hair-UGGGH!!