I was invited to two little kid birthday parties and forced to decide "Who do I love more?" It's an impossible question. Before I could go to either party, though, I had a date with my shoes to run 20 miles. I knew it would take close to 5 hours by the time I drove to the park and actually ran, so I ate breakfast and went immediately.
It was cold-ish, and I was probably dressed a little too cold for the weather, but I didn't have any extra clothing in my car and no time to drive home for more, so I sucked it up and dealt with it.
I've had a slight head cold all week and I was a tiny bit woozy yesterday, but nothing as bad as the Free Press marathon. It was even a little nice to look at my watch and realize "Wow! I've already run 17 minutes?!"
It was mostly sunny and my body felt good. I didn't feel any massive pain or agony or exhaustion. So often my body is screaming to walk, but I went the first HOUR with only one 1-minute walk. Sweet!
|For some reason it seemed a good idea|
to walk up and down the 174 steps...
When it was all said and done, I ran 20.22 miles at an average pace of 11:02. My best race pace was Columbia City where I averaged 11:22, so yesterday was really really good. It was 40 degrees and I had a minor cold, and I still bested my best pace by 20 second per mile! Sweet!!!
If I extrapolate the numbers a little and assume I could finish 6 more miles at 12 minutes each, which seems to be appropriate for the end of a race, it would have been a 4:52 finish. Add in warmer weather and a healthy runner and I HAVE THIS!!!!
I was on Hines Drive again and yes, it's still boring! It was marginally more tolerable when it was sunny, so I just may get through the Martian. De-sensitizing myself to the boredom seems to be working :)