Today’s 20 miler was one of those runs where everything just feels right. Where you are thankful to be alive. Thankful for the gorgeous weather (30 degrees, no wind, clear streets, gorgeous frost on all the tree branches). Thankful just to be running.
Ended up with 20.25 miles in 2:54:16 (8:37 pace). But I stopped for 1 minute and 31 seconds for bathroom/drink, so really total running time was less and average pace better. 🙂 Although I know in a race I can’t stop the clock, so I didn’t. Anyway, I followed coach’s instructions to a T. First 10 miles were between 8:36 – 8:44 pace. Then miles 11 – 16 were progression miles (8:27, 8:26, 8:23, 8:19, 8:11, 8:09). Then last 4 miles were back to conversation pace (8:48, 8:28, 8:43, 8:32). No issues, no aches, no pains. Just 20.25 miles of pure awesomeness!
Birthday dinner with my sister at Cheesecake Factory tonight, so will be consuming all the calories I just burned, plus some, in delicious cheesecake. 🙂