Ahhhh...relaxing (Finally) after the long run.
18 miles-DONE. Well, actually it was only 17.34 since I was only supposed to run for 2 hours and 40 minutes. The thought crossed my mind to go ahead and finish off the 18 miles, but my legs threatened to leave and never come back, so I went ahead and stopped at 17.34 miles. Average pace 9.13 and Average HR 174. It feels good to have that over with, now I just have to conquer the 20 miler next weekend.
I felt good about the run and I haven’t felt this way about my last two long runs, so I definitely needed that confidence boost. I did a nice easy paced warm up and then ran almost eight miles at my marathon goal pace, then took a nice easy paced cool down. I stopped at mile 10 to take a gel, hit a rest room, and refill my water and the thought slammed into me that I still had 8 miles left. When I looked at it in that perspective, it seemed a rather daunting task to me, so I quickly told myself to just take it one mile at a time. I didn’t want to get caught up in the negative thought process that would kill my run. Isn’t it funny how the mind works? I had actually planned on running on a totally different trail, one that was gravel and would have been better for my feet, but I switched trails because I have had two bad long runs on this particular trail. I chose a trail that was all concrete, the whole 18 miles, but I have always had great runs on this trail. I needed to feel good about this weeks run, so that I can enter next week’s 20 miler in a good frame of mind.
Family Update: This weekend was homecoming at Madison’s school. It seemed like an all day event. Hair, makeup, last minute dress alterations…whew, I hate to see what prom is going to be like. She had a couple of her friends over to the house so that they could all get ready. They sat around thinking about getting ready for an hour before they actually got ready. Then Rick drove them to a restaurant so that Madison and eleven of her friends could have dinner before they went to the dance. I stayed behind to cook our dinner, but we both went to pick them up and drop them off at the dance. I hear that it was a great time! Check out her pics.
Before and after photos of the hotties.