Since I decided to run the Pocatello Marathon on September 3 in hopes of qualifying for Boston (and in reality, I want to more than qualify.... I want to be at or under 3:30) along with the Top of Utah marathon on Sept. 17, I had to bump up my marathon training plan by a few weeks. I still wanted to get in thee 20-mile long runs, so my options were to jump up to a 20 miler this week, cut out a week of taper and do a 20 two weeks before Pocatello, or double up somewhere in the training and have two weeks back to back with 20 mile runs in them. I knew after all my Ragnar training that I could do a 20 miler now (and it seemed the smartest plan) so that is what I decided to do. I pretty much just shifted up my training plan by 2 weeks, which put my first 20 miler today.
It was a totally awesome run! Jenny and I started together at about 5:45 am and she ran 13 miles with me. Then I went on and did the last seven on my own. It was long, and the sun was strong, but I felt seriously awesome the whole way. It was my best 20 mile training run ever. :)
And, it put me at 64 miles run this week, which is my highest weekly mileage ever. I have never felt better.
I averaged a 9:02 pace on my 20 miler this morning. My goal long run pace is 8:19-9:19 so that was just right. Woo hoo! Into the ice bath I go.
And yay! Here are pictures from the half marathon last weekend. Seriously, this is the most beautiful course and was just an awesome race. (And did I mention I finished in 1:38:18 and won my age group? I am still pretty excited about that). Here is their race website and if you missed it, here is my race recap.
You can click on any of these pics to see them bigger.(And the cute guy in the yellow shirt is my hubby Josh). :)
These first three pics are all from the first mile. How beautiful is the national forest?? Josh is fun. :)
This is me coming into the final stretch. I love this pic!
Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday. Happy running. :) More soon!