This morning I woke early, headed out with the wife to the park and started my one and only 20 miler run before Grandma’s Marathon next month. Most marathon plans call for at least three 20 mile runs, however with my busy trail race schedule this year, and having to bail on one of the runs, I had yet to actually complete the big 2-0. I’ve done 20’s before so I know how it feels, and it pretty much sucks when you get to the end. That’s just the way it is.
Today however, wasn’t as bad as other runs. I felt pretty decent at the end. I kept my pace in tight control, downed 2 full packages of shot blocks, and kept my walking to a minimum. I managed a 3:38 moving time, which puts me right where I want to be on race day. My only this year is to beat 5 hours, getting as close to 4:48 as possible. At the pace I did today I ‘should’ be able to do that, but it will be close. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use the adrenaline to my advantage and get a couple quick miles off the start to give me some buffer.
Pleased with where my running fitness is at this year. Getting closer to pulling the trigger on signing up for a 50K in the fall. We’ll see how Grandma’s goes, and then I’ll decide how hard I want to work for the rest of the year.