Marathon training week 15 and starting 16
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Welp, we did it.. the longest run of marathon training. Just a few short days ago, Saturday 12th, my running buddies and I ran 20 miles!
So my co-worker, who is signed up for the race with me, and our other friend that is just running for the heck of it (she does a marathon a year and is scheduled for one in October)... met at my house and headed out about 8:30am. I tried to keep very close control on my watch and timing.. stopping for red lights and bathroom breaks and water refills.
My time was 3:40.. my running buddies had 4 hours.. so I'm not sure where the 20 mins difference was! I know one of them uses a phone app? and don't know if it stops when we stop or not.. Either way, I'm happy.
We ran 19 miles in 4 hours, so even if we ran 20 miles in 4 hours, that is an improvement.. and I think was a 12 min/mile pace.. which is fine.
IT was a nice route that I chose.. had a nice mix of elevations without too steep of declines (which kill my knees).
I stopped and walked a short segment in the last 4 miles.. only a minute maybe. think our pace was a bit stiff? I also took in more fuel to make sure I didn't 'hit a wall'.. but maybe that is what it was?
Anyway.. now the tapering begins! Still have 12 miles to run this coming weekend, but the weekday runs are already cutting back!
It is getting closer!! eeeek! 18 days!