20 Chilly Miles
The short story: I ran a 20 mile progression run (ran faster in the later miles) mostly on a three mile loop in 45 - 50 degrees (felt like 40 - 43). Have I mentioned the cold wind yet?
And the long story...
Last night, the weatherman said it might actually snow on Friday (long run day) so I decided to run 20 miles today.
I wore my Spibelt which held three gels, my phone and two tissues and was comfortable around my waist.
At mile 14.4 I wanted to quit, for not really the first time, but it was the worst time. It was cold and windy and sometimes I was even hot. I was tired of running. I ate my gel early and got a drink. Okay, why am I doing this? I want to! And I am not giving up! Ok, pity party over and done with!
Just then a speedster ran by. See? Just do what she's doing!
And then I realized that I was on my way home. There's something wonderful about knowing that you've almost finished running 20 miles. I ran the last five miles the fastest of all. Hello 8:43-9:03 pace! I felt better than I had miles before. Today's average pace: 9:10/mile.
After that cold run, came the Winter Torture Device - the ice bath!