It was not awesome because I was terrified of my feet. the first 3 miles I was concentrating so hard on going slow, taking it easy, and thinking every 2 seconds, "does that hurt?" "is that my ankle?" "wait, does my other foot hurt?" Longest 3 miles of my life.
But it felt okay so I headed out for another 4 miles. Slow. side cramps. muscles starting to tire.
And then I headed out for the last loop. Ran out of water. Thirsty. muscles are REALLY hurting now. It so happens that biking is not the same as running. who knew? To stay in running shape you need to run! There was much walking.
But I was able to do it!!!! I was actually able to
Take a look at my long runs the last month or so.
September 1 - 15 miles, 11:11 pace. horrible.
September 8 - 17 miles, 10:14 pace. great run
September 14 - 13 miles, 9:46 pace. awesome
September 22 - triathlon, awesome
September 29 - 18 miles, 10:43 pace. meh.
October 6 - planned 20 miles, ran 9, 9:37 pace. awesome
October 13 - 15 miles, 10:43 pace. crappy
See what I mean? I almost NEVER have 2 crappy long runs in a row. The running Gods basically have to let you have a really great run after a bad one to keep you going. Therefore, my 20 miler this saturday is bound to be amazing.
I can't wait!