The weather was freaking gorgeous, a perfect spring morning, temps in the mid forties when I started and slightly breezy. I was afraid it was going to be a muddy one, but most of the roads were dried out enough to avoid major slippage and I avoided the field roads.
Since there is also a photo contest for the virtual run I made a lame attempt at a Running with Spatulas photo. I think I could have been a bit more creative but the kids were having trouble focusing and Cola would not stand in line with us and keep a spatula in his collar, also why is the cat mooning the camera?
|Yep, this is how we spatulate!|
2. I then went on to run another almost 7 miles to get in the Detroit Runners "I Just Felt Like Running" virtual half marathon. At mile 10 I stopped back at my house to change out of my Pure Flows, they were still feeling great but since the longest run I have done in them so far is 8 miles I didn't want to overdo it. Refilled my water bottles and headed back out.
Time was really flying by as I was listening to A Game of Thrones, which is the first book in the A Song of Fire and Ice series. SO GOOD! I have read the whole series several times and just love it more and more every time. I think this audio book will last through a lot of long runs, it is 33 hours long! YAY
3. From there I went on to do another 6 miles to make 19 miles. A new personal distance record! YAY Although I am not going to lie, those last two miles were really hurting! I took a GU at miles 7 and 14. I also ate some jelly beans at random points along the way. I am supposed to be giving up candy for lent, but I don't think fueling for a run really counts.
My pace was 8:44, which is right in the range of where I want to be, for a total time of 2:46:12. I am going to take on 20 miles in ten days next weekend. Then I will cut back for a week or two, then take on a 22 at some point. I hope to have at least 3 runs greater than 20 before the marathon. I think it will boost me mentally. I know they say all you really need is 20, but I think I need a little more.
Also on a not so happy note, they found Sherry Arnold's body yesterday, so at least now the family can have some closure and give her a proper burial.