Many greats in the world of sports are associated with the number.
Peter Forsberg, LaDanian Tomlinson, Sammy Sosa?, just a few who wore the number.
One of the best card games is "21".
Century 21, the real estate giants
You can legally drink at "21".
Now you can add yours truly to someone who has run 21 miles, not total mileage for a week, but 21 miles, with only a stop to refill a water bottle.
I got out of the house around 5:20am. It was 54deg. I was expecting it to be cooler. I am not complaining, since the last 20 miler started in 74deg temp w/ 100% humidity.
The route I chose was the same as the 20 I did. I knew by not cutting any corners, I would be close to the scheduled 21 miles.
Everything was going according to plan, until I got around the 4-5 mile mark, when outta the pitch black came a friggin Rottweiler!
This damn dog came at me, barking big time. I thought for sure he was going to attack. I stopped, screamed at it, and it retreated back to where it came from... so I thought.
Well, I start running again, and it comes back! I freeze scream at it, and it again retreated. I than kinda jogged, looking back to make sure it wasn't going to come back again.
I'd love to know if it was loose, or if the owner was with him. I mean where the hell does a dog like that come from, before 6:00am.
I got passed at one point by 3 cyclists. The lead cyclists asked why I was running this early. My answer was why was he cycling this early! I did yell to him afterwards, that I was training for a marathon.
I had planned earlier in the week, and confirmed last nite, to meet up with Charlie (shoreturtle), around 7:00am, to do an out and back , thru Mercer County Park. I figured to be close to 10 miles, when I met up with him, and I was just over 9, at 9.2 miles.
I can't thank Charlie enough, for meeting up, and helping me get thru 6+ miles today. It was huge, to have that kind of help, during a run of this length. It helps that he has been through this type of training, and ran a few marathons. If you haven't checked out his blog, I would encourage everyone to do so. He does a great job over there. www.shoreturtle.com/blog
I felt good for the majority of the run. The legs started to fade at about the 20 mile mark. I felt tightness in the hamstrings. Still I made it to the end, accomplished 21.17 miles before most where out of bed, and lived to tell the tale of a rottweiler coming at me in the dark!
A little FYI... I didn't run in my new Asics today. I'll break them in on my weekday runs.
CONGRATS to the Phillies for making it to the NLCS for the 1st time since 1993!
Here are the stats:
3:24:28 (2856 calories burned)