Buurrrrr...this morning felt like winter all over again. I headed here (dressed in my running pants, hat and freakin' gloves...on May 16th???) to get in my longest run yet. 20 miles! I guess progression is the key with running. Compared to last weekend, I felt great this morning. I might have been able to keep going, knowing that I only had 6.2 miles left! I took a banana and a raspberry Gu pack and two bottles of water. I will not run with a water pack. Not quite sure how people can do that to themselves. If I added an extra pound or two to my backside, it would not be pretty. This particular route is perfect...about 2.3 miles around...stop at the car, stretch, grab a drink and go. I clocked in at 7:10 and finished around 10:20. That included all rests and potty breaks (convenient pottys on this route as well!). The only complaint I have today are my IT bands. I deserve this, as I did two things wrong:
1. I wore bad shoes.
2. I didn't stretch enough before I left home.
Aaahhhh...it's all about learning. I plan on taking Sunday and Monday off just to get the bands back to normal (they feel much better than last night) and see how things are on Tuesday. This is a very common problem for me. Any advice??? I feel great knowing that I can get in 20 miles in under 3:10. That makes me want to push through these next 4 weeks and get this marathon over with!