Up until today I have never ran more than 15 miles at one time. I've been staring at this day since I started training and it had been on my mind all this week. Especially since I've ran a total of 24 miles since Tuesday with no rest since last Monday. It also did not help much that we got blasted with a storm yesterday that left the roads a soupy mess this morning. So, not only was I going to run 18 miles today. I was going to have to fight the treadmill for close to 3 hours. Now, 90% of today's run was on the treadmill. I was able to escape to the track, but it was crowded and aggravating a blister on my foot. Below is some excerpts from the 2:49 minute conversation I had with myself today.
I got to the gym and realized I left my G2 and GU chomps at home. Today is not off to a good start. Thankfully, I only live a half mile away.
Mile 1: that's not so bad. I'm surprised how fresh I feel.
Mile 3: Just watched a lady slink by like an inch worm. Could be the craziest AB workout I've ever seen.
Mile 4: Why am I running a marathon. I could be in spin class right now.
Mile 5: Tomorrow I will be done at this point.
Mile 6: Well, 1/3 done. I feel a lot better today, but I still feel like I am running harder than I am showing on the clock.
Mile 7: I wish Libya would calm done. 3.40 a gallon of gas is insane. Good thing I sold the truck last summer.
Mile 8: Not sure why I have a blister this week. Wonder if I am ready for new shoes.
Mile 9: Halfway!! That wasn't so bad. Can't believe I have 9 more to go.
Mile 10: The Hermes 10. That race will be here before I know it. Man, I want to run fast that day.
Mile 12: Haha. Got @Shellsruns to spell O-H-I-O last night. Smile
Mile 13.1 Yay! sub two hours. Seriously 4.9 left...ugh.
Mile 14 I'm wonder if I should announce I am only mile 14. I bet I look like a sweaty struggling mess right now.
Hey mile 15. I remember when I felt like dying at this point. Can't believe I am going to run 3 more. C'mon less than 30 minutes.
Mile 15.1 Holy crap! My John 00 Flemming mix came on (ipod was on shuffle). I used to workout to this mix when I first started working out. I listened to it over a 100 straight work outs and probably lost over 80 lbs to this mix. The run gods are with me today.
Mile 16 I'd bet I would be runny faster if I didn't have coffee this morning. Not sure why my conversation with @cooktrainrace has me convinced coffee is bad for me.
Holy Shit. I made it 18 miles.