Since I was running by myself, I had TWO requirements... the availability of both a bathroom and my car... just in case my foot started bothering me. I didn't want to do an out and back alone and be 8 miles away from the car if something went wrong. My two options were a ridiculously long treamdill run, or a loop. The winner:
|Start of the path (right side)|
Yes. If you are doing the math, doing the outside loop means I have to do SIXTEEN loops to complete 20 miles. This is gonna be rough...
The first few miles aren't too bad. I intentionally started out slow. Had to stop and use the bathroom during the second loop (thanks to the Starbucks I had earlier). From there, I settled in for the long haul. There were a ton of people out, although most of them were walking. Some people with strollers, with dogs, etc. I saw LOTS of people more than one lap. Very few people running (they are smarter than me!)
I took a hammer gel after 4 laps. Took a GU after 8. The halfway point is where I started to struggle. It was certainly getting hot! I started stopping at my car every two laps to slam Nuun. Took last GU after 12 miles. Legs heavy. Feel like I'm barely moving. Want to stop SO bad. The last few laps I walked a block before my car, then stopped for more fluid. I was soooo thirsty! Then, all of a sudden, I was on my LAST LAP. I never thought I would get that far!! I hit 20 miles on the Garmin and got a huge smile on my face. Got to the car with 20.14 miles done. In 3:48:42 - so not too fast, average pace of 11:21.
But!! The way I see it:
- I ran ALONE with no one to hold accountable but MYSELF
- I ran past my car 16 times and never quit
- I FINALLY RAN 20 MILES!!!
This gives me the confidence to think I just might be able to rock the marathon in Greece after all.
Happy weekend everyone! I'm actually NOT racing this weekend, but I'll be cheering for L at Rock 'n' Roll Denver - she is running the full marathon - her first one!!!