I needed 20 miles yesterday.
The Lehigh Valley Marathon is in 3 weeks. I hadn’t run over 17 consecutive miles in one run. My awesome fellow bloggers and my family keep telling me that I have the base and will do fine in the marathon – But I needed 20 strong miles… for me!
I got them!!!
Here is the breakdown:
- 20:02 miles
- 8:53 pace
- 1659 elevation climb
- 1 excited runner
I ran at the same park my friend Neill and I ran 10 miles the day before. It was raining and in the 70’s when I started at 6:30 AM. I ran a 5 mile stretch of road that allowed me to hit the “zone” and be back at my car for a gel and gatorade. I took some advice from comments on this blog last week and muted my iPhone. No coaching from my app. No mileage. I just ran the way I wanted to run.
Other than the fact never walked, I am encouraged that I finished strong (last mile was an 8:35 pace) and my elevation climb was almost 3 times my previous high.
So I now look toward Lehigh Valley Marathon with a bit of excitement rather than dread. I wonder after yesterday, might it be possible for me to qualify for Boston at this marathon? I had let that thought go a couple of months ago as the heat of the summer set in. Now, maybe…
Finally, THANK YOU. Outside of my family, this blog and you who choose to read it each day is what keeps me going in this journey. I am so glad I started it 8 months ago. Your comments, suggestions and encouragment means so much to me, you will never understand.
3 weeks to go. It isn’t over yet. But I am looking forward to my race for the first time.