Today I did what I failed to accomplish two other times.
My first attempt was a no go because I was sick.
My second attempt was derailed by a dog. A little dog started following me around mile 10 and continued to do so for three miles...really!? I did not know what to do about the dog so I took it to Petco and basically begged the people to take the dog. They did, but by then I was out of time and had to call Drew to come get me. I managed one more mile before he met me.
So, today I was feeling good and off I went. I ran where I don't usually run and I really liked the change of pace. It was nice to see other runners and have different scenery. I also had to run more "hills" and I use this term loosely. My goal was 10 minute miles and my average pace for 16 miles was 9:56. I was tired when I got home, but I felt like I had more in the tank.
I learned that I am probably going to be hungry during my marathon and I will have to figure out what I can eat. I don't think Gu is going to cut it.
My hip/IT band hurt beginning at mile 9 and I had to stretch it twice. I am going to have to baby it this summer. Hopefully it heals. I don't want to have to go the PT route.
Today I learned that I have become a strong runner. Less than one year later I ran part of a loop I ran last July. I had to walk three times then. I think about that run all the time and it haunts me because it went so poorly. Today as I ran up the last "hill" I did not even consider running and I was 14.5 miles into my run. Last year my run was 6.3 miles total. I was so proud of my body and my mental stamina today!
Tomorrow is a recovery run and I think my legs will be ready!