Running Time: 3:51:19
Running Distance: 18.00 mi
Average Pace: 12:53/mi
I am proud of myself! I am so very proud of myself that I had to start off with the running stats this time. I cannot believe that I ran 18 miles. I cannot believe that I ran 18 miles with an average pace of under 13 minutes a mile. I mean it's been ages since I have averaged less then 13 minutes a mile on my short runs let alone for a full 18 miles. Wow ...
I ran the Sac and Fox again. Parked in the middle, ran there and back one way ... there and back the other way ... and there and back the first way.
I will not lie, it was hard. I had two very dear people ask me once I was finished if I could have done another 8 and the answer was NO. Then again, if you would have asked me at mile 7 if I could have done another 11 the answer would have been NO.
I was sore the whole run. My butt cheaks actually felt like they were burning. I didn't think I was going to be able to sit down to drive home once I finished.
Oh, and let's talk about the shoes. Wearing new shoes for a long run is not a good idea. I thought I was being smart. I parked in the middle of the trail which I ran by at miles 7 and 14 and I brought my old shoes with me in case my new shoes got too uncomfortable. My feet started hurting around mile 4 and I couldn't wait until I could get back to my car to change my shoes. I reached the car at mile 7, slurped an energy gel and put my old comfy shoes on and then took off running. Limping rather as my old comfy shoes hurt like crazy. I have no idea what the deal was but they pressed against the bottom of my achilles tendon on my right foot and it just hurt. I only got about .05 of a mile down the trail before I realized I couldn't do it and had to go back and put my new shoes on. The new shoes hurt the bottom of my left foot, but not nearly as bad as my old shoes hurt my achilles tendon.
My favorite part of the run was when I ran past a couple as they were headed out for a walk and I was nearing a trailhead, with about 11 miles logged. I ran past them again as they were headed back from their walk and I was headed out from the trailhead. The lady asked me how far I was running today, to which I replied 'today's run will be 18 miles'. Her eyes got huge, really really huge. I didn't hear her reply because I was already running past her, but she looked more shocked then I felt.
I ran 18 miles today ...