Today was the last of the 20mile plus runs! Thank GOD!
While it has been fun leading up to this point, I am glad they are a thing of the past. It is quite an accomplishment, to be able to run for almost 3-1/2 hours, but I'll be just as happy to run a nice comfortable 6-8 miles!
It was a bit windy at 5:00am, when I left, and about 42deg outside.
My goal for this run, was to see if I could run at marathon pace, to gage if I could do this in the 4 -4 1/2 hour range.
I also planned the same basic route I did for my previous 20+ mile training runs.
The wind was a kinda cross breeze for most of the run. There were the few times, I had to run into it, and also benefited from having it at my back.
It was a pretty uneventful run, from the standpoint of not have a rotty chase me, or having cyclists come up out of nowhere. I did have a deer scare the crap out of me, around where the rotty came from. The deer came from the woods, on my right, about 10-20 yards in front of me, and ran right into what was a corn field the last time I ran past it. Man those deer have some jump in their step!
I hit the 13.2 mark at almost exactly 2hours. I felt really good, and was hoping that by running the 1st half at a pretty good clip, I wouldn't bonk the last 9 miles.
During the last 9 miles, I felt the hamstrings tighten up. Any tips on how to avoid this? I always seemed to have had this problem, in my longer runs, when it's cooler out.
When I got closer to home, I took a little longer way, because I felt decent, hamstring issues and all, and probably added an extra 1/4 mile or so. It might not seem like much, adding a 1/4, but after 22 miles, I figured it would only help my confidence race day, knowing I had run over 22-1/2 in training.
It's hard to believe, that this journey, to run a marathon, that started back in late June, is just about over. From deciding to do it, putting in some base mileage, picking a training plan, and actually starting the training in late July, it's amazing how far I have come.
3:24:39 22.62 miles (9:02 min/mile avg.)
1 9:04 min
2 9:12 min
3 9:20 min
4 9:19 min
5 9:17 min
6 9:11 min
7 9:06 min
8 9:04 min
9 9:05 min
10 8:57 min
11 8:57 min
12 8:48 min
13 8:49 min
14 8:42 min
15 9:04 min
16 9:01 min
17 8:46 min
18 8:51 min
19 8:48 min
20 9:05 min
21 9:11 min
22 9:10 min
.62 5:42 min