The actual execution of the plan: Wake up at 4:21 AM. Out of the house by 4:49 AM. Run 20.13 miles (to be exact). Home and stretched by 7:52 AM. Showered and out the door by 8:07 AM. At work and at my desk by 8:11 AM.
Not bad execution for a week day. I needed to get in at least one 20-miler before Boston since I've been hovering around the 14-15-16 mile mark. I also needed to get it done today since I am tied up with work tomorrow from about 7 AM until early afternoon, and Sunday I'm already signed up for an organized bike ride.
So, how did it go? Not too bad. Since it was already 65 degrees and super humid at 4 AM, I knew I would need water at some point during this run. I planned to run two 10 mile loops that went by my house, so after the first loop I could grab Powerade and a Gu that I left out in the back of Dan's truck. I ended up with one water stop and 2 quick bathroom stops in the park (WTF bladder) for a total of 20 miles at 8:31 pace. I kept the pace relaxed and didn't have any leg pain, so that's good.
If I'm looking at the run as a predictor for Boston (which I kinda was, coupled with Sunday's half marathon performance), I'm guessing I'm looking at around a 3:25-3:30 marathon in Boston. I ran this morning's 20 miler on pretty tired legs, so I am hoping with fresher legs and hopefully cooler weather, I can drop my pace to sub-8 min miles. Obviously, 3:30 is a far cry from the 3:10 I was originally hoping for pre-injury, but I can only work with what I've got right now. And, it's the Boston marathon. It will be a fun time no matter what I run.
Alright, happy weekend everyone. I'm off to play Easter Bunny and sort thru 10,000 pieces of Easter Candy...hopefully sorting more than I'm eating :)
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