SWIM. BIKE. RUN. TRAIN. ENDURE. ACHIEVE. MATTER. MOTIVATE. INSPIRE.
Mar 26, 2006
And then there were three...
5:30 AM on a Sunday morning and I find myself anxcious to get outside with my dogs to preview the weather. Not nearly as concerned about the elements as I, Smoosh and Kootie dart outside ready to unload their little pug bladders. It was a little chilly, but dry with no immediate signs of precipitation. Back inside, I threw on my new Saucony racing flats, grabbed my water bottle, four GU's, my hat and gloves and out the door I went. I had been thinking about this run since last week when we planned it... 22 miles with as many hills as we could handle. The last time we planned a run of 20+ miles, we ended up going a mile more than planned, so I was expecting that we'd punch out about 23 today. 6:30 AM and we're on our way. At the turnaround, having already conquered Puritas, Hogsback and Detroit, I was feeling very good. It started to snow a little around mile 18 at which point I asked the question that we were all thinking, but afraid to pose... so what hill do we do next? We chose a new foe, Brookway Dr. I commented on the way up that I felt great and that if I felt this good at the 20-mile mark of Boston, I could probably race the final six miles! The thought of having enough left in the gas tank to actually race the final miles of a marathon has never really crossed my mind, but it's there now and I can only hope to live it out in Boston. A strong push to the finish and 22.6 miles was in the bag. We grabbed our Gatorade and walked for a few minutes to avoid locking up in our cars. I can't wait to see my friends finish in Boston! Elizabeth, Jen, Athena, Kevin and Cathy are gonna crush this thing! Only three more weeks!!