I was worried about completing this run because
- My 16 mile run was a struggle, both mentally and physically.
- I had run a fast half-marathon 7 days before.
- And I was coming out of a stressful, busy week in which I had only managed to squeeze in a single, short run.
The 18 miler didn’t start out well. I made a couple of navigation errors in the first two miles. After 20 minutes of running, despite a good breakfast, I was so hungry that I ate my first Gu way ahead of schedule. (Thankfully, I brought one extra.) But I kept my pacing slow and steady and was feeling good by mile six. Once in a groove, I relaxed, listened to my tunes, and finished the 3 hour run.
I get a little break next weekend (only 10 miles!) before the peak of my training schedule: a 20 mile run (followed by a performance in Annie Get Your Gun).
Photos by Beefy Muchacho