20 miles in 2:39 for an average pace of 7’58” per mile.
And my 20th mile was my fastest.
Many Talking Points:
• I opened our fridge before heading out to discover that we were out of bottled water. I ran the entire 20 miles on only 20 ounces of Gatorade and I didn’t cramp up at all.
• I ran my first mile in 7’58” and after that said “To hell with it!” and went all-or-none. My pace never got slower than 8’02” .
• I hit a mental wall around mile 11. I was starting to wear down and the remaining 9 miles just seemed so far away. By mile 13 I was mentally ready to finish this thing strong, I knew I was good to go.
And finally: Now what? Do I try to run the whole marathon at 8’00” per mile? That would give me a 26 minute PR and hit my dream target of 3:30 finish time. Let the 3 week head games begin. But I killed it today and I couldn’t be happier.
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- carolynruns said: My twenty miles looked nothing like your twenty miles. :p
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- sarahsrunningbucketlist said: Holy crap that’s fast!! Nicely done!
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- happyhealthycook said: KILLED IT. Love this.
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- clevcrew said: you.are.a.machine. I admire your toughness.
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- karikeepsrunning said: Yeah!!! I was thinking of you while I was running this morning. I knew you were out there killing it :)
- seechrisrun said: If you think you had a few more 8:00s in you, then go for it. Those last 6 miles can be somewhat unpredictable, but they’re mostly mental challenges.
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- running-hobbit said: You freaking rock man!!! Let’s get some pumpkin muffins… ?
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