Today’s 20-mile run was awesome. Awesome in that I finished and didn’t die.
See?Met my friends Janet and Ellen at 6 a.m. at our local running store, Playmakers, for 6 miles before our team run at 7:30. It was super dark and I was grateful that Ellen thought to bring a flashlight and that Janet paid attention and got us out and back in time to join the group.
By the time 300 runners got in and out of the bathroom (especially the women who had to share two stalls and stood in a line 12 deep), we started a bit later than planned. We traveled through a neighborhood of beautiful homes with lots of flat road and by the river on the Michigan State University campus.
Playmakers loaded us up with water and Gatorade at aid stations every two miles. I downed as much as I could without drowning myself. I also ate SportBeans every five miles or so.
As with a lot of runs, we got separated from Ellen, picked up another group of friends and ended with my friend and neighbor Winona. We went out five miles and back, so I had 16 by now.That meant going back out by myself for the last four. With no music or Audible books because I, ahem, forgot my headphones despite laying everything out last night next to my bed (mental note to create a check-off list before race day). I ran back the way we came to the first aid station, chatted with a couple of friends who gave me enough encouragement to get back for the last two — virgin — miles.I won’t say they were glorious, but they weren’t too bad. I didn’t have too much gas in the tank when I was done, so I had a few minutes’ worth of self doubt, then reminded myself that the crowds and, I hope, friendly faces will get me through the last 10k on race day.
What’s your longest distance? Do you have any tips for this tapering chica?
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