Anyway, 20 miler! Right. So chugging 48 oz of gatorade at the beginning of a long run is not a good idea. This I have learned (Thats a long story.) Also expecting a liquid belt that costs $9 from Wally World to last more than ten steps (literally) is also not a good idea. *sigh* Here is the summary:
I ran home from work! Its not exactly 20 miles so I took the scenic route and did the Tour of Colorado Springs....
Hour one: Feeling good, going way too fast on a slightly downhill course, carrying bottles in your hands doesn't help my wondrous running form
Hour two: Good googly why does it feel like the entire Indian ocean is inside my stomach. took a wrong turn, added 1.5 miles, yeah!
Hour three: Oh no the Double D train is rocketing down the G.I. and I'm running on busy streets, will I get arrested for stooping on the sidewalk? I'm walking way too much, but the alternative is less desirable
Hour four: still lots of walking. walking hurts more than running. totally out of gas.
Hour five: I was supposed to be done. Its getting dark. Want to be done.
So I finished in 5:04:00. Probably wound up doing 1.5-2 hours worth of walking. This does not help your time.
I was struggling with the time thing quite a bit. I was imagining Mario telling me he could stop for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and his 5:41 marathon time would still be safe from me. I was also pretty dejected about the walking and blah blah blah SNAP That is "teh wifey"/coach snapping me out of my introspective/perfectionistic/funk. She gave me the perfect advice of having fun, realizing there are many things with the marathon that are totally out of your control, and stop worrying about time or you will miss the experience. Yeah I know she is the best "teh wifey"/coach ever.
21.5 miles in a whole lot (5:04), but hey I did it. 468 days ago, doing something like this would have been unthinkable. Mario, you can still stick it.