Today was a great day for a run. My buddies and I met at 6 am to run 4 miles before we met with the group. A big group turned out today to run lots of miles. 22 miles down in the books. It was not that bad. Really. I think it had a lot to do with the weather. It was very foggy and cool and just a very pleasant morning. The past few weeks have been hard because of the weather ( too sunny and hot!).
Another thing that probably added to the run was all the bathrooms we had access to! We took full advantage of this. I know it's not realistic ( for me) to take potty breaks during a marathon, but sometimes you just gotta go!
We ran this long run at an average of 10:11 miles. This is probably one of our slowest long runs to date and I am fine with that. It's about a minute or so slower than we normally run.
I had a chat with my coach on Thursday. He seems to think that if I am mentally prepared on marathon day that I could run it in 3:45. 8 minute miles--for 26.2 miles. Ummm, OK! That would mean I would knock off 9 minutes from the last marathon. I guess it's doable, but my goal was 3:50! Oh ,this would also mean I would qualify for The Boston Marathon! That's cool and everything, but it has never really even been a goal of mine. BUT now the seed has been planted in my head and I cannot get it out. I still want to have fun with this marathon and do my best, but I do not want to KILL myself with anxiety over the 8 mile pace.........so now I am trying not to stress out. Cool as a cucumber. That's me..... yea right!