Saturday morning I set out early for my 18 mile run. I had to be finished in time for Samuel's soccer game at 9:45. I left at 6:35 giving myself 3 hours to complete the run.
A cold front moved through early Friday morning so I ran in the cold. I was so excited to put on running capris and a long sleeve shirt and my ear/handband/ponytail holder thing. I do love cold weather running!
As is typical for me I set out all my stuff on Friday night, but there was a problem. I could not find my iPod. I was going to run mostly in the daylight and I was excited to have some music. Since I could not find it...very frustrating by the way...I decided to run with my phone. I have never ever run with my phone. I don't like how big it is compared to my little iPod. I kind of liked having it with me.
Drew texted me about a hour into the run just to say good morning. I loved that. I texted him with 6 miles to go so he would know about what time I would arrive at the soccer fields. It was nice to have the little bit of communication. I also took pictures while running. I have never done that before either and it was slightly comical. I refused to stop running to snap a picture, but they turned out pretty well.
It was a beautiful morning with big cotton ball clouds. I was just so happy to be running!
With about 3.5 miles to go I was semi attacked by this little thing. It came up behind me and would not stop barking. With such a small distance to go, the last thing I wanted to do was stop, but I had no choice. I did not want it to follow me. It probably took 2 minutes for the little thing to go away.
As I was one mile from home I was forced to hop in the sidewalk. I was about to be run over by maybe 20-25 bikers. I sneakily took this picture. How one can bike with so many other people is beyond me. I would cause a crash within minutes.
My run was awesomely successful. I finished in 2:45 and felt really strong. I know I could have run many more miles. It was a great confidence boosting run. During my first marathon training cycle I ran one 18 mile run. The other was the Simulator so the paces are not comparable to just a regular long run. Anyway on that run, I finished in 2:51. I remember that run was tough. My stomach hurt and I could barely run the last few miles. A 6 minute improvement with lots left in the tank is just awesome.
My splits were
9:51 (had to stop at home to get my water and ditch my second shirt)
9:38 --took my first GU
9:09--took 2nd GU
9:04--took 3rd GU
8:16--did not feel hard at all! Average pace was 9:09!