I had a great 22 mile run last weekend! After a discouraging attempt at the distance the week before, I was determined to get it done.
I managed to ride myself of any lingering illness prior to this attempt (a fever is what halted the last go-round at this mileage). The weather was pretty great compared to many recent Saturday mornings, so I actually got to start running in the 60’s versus the 70’s or 80’s. That was truly a blessing.
I can happily report that the entire run felt like an easy effort. I didn’t allow myself to increase my pace until nearly the final 3 miles, so overall, it was fairly slow. The late miles were easy and I was able to incorporate a lot of good climbs into this run.
Additionally, I didn’t have much soreness from this run. After my 20 mile run my legs ached for days. This time, I stayed much more active and didn’t take a rest day following the long run. Success!
I (finally) feel ready for my marathon in 2 weekends. Tomorrow I’ll have a 2 hour run and the following weekend a 70 minute run for my final two “long” runs.
Fingers crossed that we get some of this great weather on race day. I have a feeling that tomorrow morning might feel a little chilly at 53 degrees. I can’t wait!