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Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Big Twenty!

I shifted my long run from Saturday to today (to allow for a recovery/rest day from Friday’s 10K fun run).  I wasn’t feeling up for the challenge this morning because I was tired and didn’t sleep well…  But still, I woke up and hit the pavement…  I am glad that I did!

The starting temp was 64f and it felt great!  It didn’t get hot all day, despite a clear sky!  The finish temp was around 75f with a 12-16mph wind (which kept things cool).  Well, I did exactly what I did the past few weeks; I placed two liters of Gatorade-water mix in a thermos cooler on my front porch…  My make-shift water station worked out great!  Hydration was on spot today!  I didn’t have to refill my bottles until after mile #10.  I stopped by the front porch and refilled the water then ate a Gu energy gel, mint chocolate flavor (yummy)! 

I was doing fine up until mile #16 which is where I hit “the wall.”  I don’t know what happened but my legs felt like jello and my pace suffered a bit.  Each step felt like I was carrying a ton of bricks in my shoes…  Blah…  Well, I ate another Gu energy gel (this time, Lemon Sublime) to help out.  I ended up getting to the #18 mile mark then I alternated a ¼ mile of walking then running up until the final mile where I walked about a ½ mile.  I was done… 

#1  8:48           #11  10:08
#2  8:56           #12  11:43
#3  9:14           #13  10:24   13.1 split: 2:06:15 (9:38 pace)
#4  9:16           #14  11:06
#5  9:35           #15  11:58
#6  9:23           #16  13:48
#7  9:12           #17  12:50
#8  9:16           #18  13:39
#9  9:17           #19  13:24
#10  10:06       #20  14:04

20 @ 3:36:11 (10:49 pace) overall.  Overall, I was very pleased with today’s run!  I thought for sure that I wouldn’t make it the distance…  I never felt like quitting but my legs were fatigued.  I’ll have to dig down deep to get through the final 6 miles…  Take care and enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Happy running and God bless!
"Fight the good fight, finish the race, and always keep faith"
2 Timothy 4:7

1 comment:

  1. Oh, forgot to add my Post-run snack: a PB&J, Nutella and banana sandwich! Yummy!