It is rare that I am actually excited about heading for a 20 mile run. Anxious is usually a better descriptor. But yesterday, I viewed this run as a nice slow way to see everywhere I love all by myself!
After getting in at about 12:15 and not actually going to bed until 1, the 6 am alarm seemed to come in a flash. I got up, got dressed, scarfed a banana and shot out the door.
After this point it was pretty much all the same stuff back. Thank goodness for the trail because it got very hot in a last 7 miles or so. There was coverage until the last 2 and then I just had to suck it up.
The run went really well though. It was so nice to be on the trail and the boardwalk, a little more forgiving surface than the pavement I am usually pounding. I averaged 8:30 (which was faster than I was intending, but oh well) and I did my last mile in 8:10 so thats a good sign that I could still kick it in at the end in the heat.
I can’t believe I only have 2 more really long runs (both 20’s) until I start to taper (and I still haven’t missed a single run)!
Today, we are heading to the beach to see all the old guard friends and go for a beach run and then we are have a family barbecue. Pictures to come!