Every 20+ miler is a different animal.
Some are a battle..
Some are a walk in the park..
Some have taken me over 4 hours like last week to complete…
Some have been finished in under 3 hours with an extra sprint in my legs in the end.
I’m not sure where my Saturday run would fit into but 21 miles are done and ran and I still had half the day free to do other things. I guess you can call it an uphill walk in the park.
Mile 1-7 were actually quite enjoyable…In fact I would call it a stroll in the park. I was super paranoid about getting dehydrated and overheated like last week so I did not push myself at all. I started with 9:30 pace and was down to 8:25 by mile 6. Although the sun was shinning high and bright around noon, there was a slight delightful breeze. I slowed myself down every time I got too hot or thought I felt a side stitch pain. Psychosomatic pain perhaps
Mile 8-11 were a more brisk walk in the park. My muscles were all nice and warm and all the cranks in the gears were loosen up. I was hitting 8:30 comfortably and without much effort. Although 8:30 is nowhere near my target pace, I felt great about it as I was carrying a liter of water in one hand.
One thing I tested out during this run is that every 15-20 minutes, I switched which hand held the water. I figured that might be partially why I had pain last week, awkward running form perhaps from holding water for hours?
Mile 12 – Down to 9:46 pace as I walked a little with water breaks. I was getting a little dehydrated and tired so I took it easier.
Mile 13-16 – Okay so I was getting tired of running.
Mile 17 – Legs were starting to feel heavy as I was making a final slight incline loop back to my headquarters (home).
Brief intermission of 10 minutes – refill waterbottle – slight nap on the back porch.
Mile 18-20 – Whine Whine, I’m not in pain but this is starting to be unexciting. 9:40 pace… almost done. I guess I found my “hill” in my walk in the park.
Mile 21 – Cool off… am I really done? That wasn’t half bad… Approx 3 hours and 20 minutes including the 10 minute break? I’ll take it, much better than 4 hours.
Pre- Run Fuel – Two halves of a pita with natural peanut butter; I guess that makes it 1 pita bread
Running Fuel – “Performs” Gatorade full bottle and a full bottle of water, no Gu as I was still full from my peanut butter pita.
Running Entertainment – Run Run Live podcast, Jillian Michaels podcast, Here’s the Thing podcast and Runcast podcast for my cool off mile.These guys kept me entertained and running at a more slower pace.
Post Run – Most water, leftover pasta, shrimp and broccoli
Two 20 milers down, two left to go until Montreal Marathon. Assuming I am not working, I am all in!