I almost kept my run going and did my long run just because I was feeling so good. I took a chance and waited until today and I didn't disappoint myself by waiting a day. Once I got a little pre-run meal and some fluids I made my way out to do the first half of what was going to be my first 20 miler of the year. I have to admit, I was a little fired up for this run.
The first out and back I did was on west Skyline to Enger golf course and back. The sun was in my face on the return trip but so was the wind. Many times during this section I tried to slow down and get comfy at a slower pace but it just didn't happen. The first ten were done near 7:00 pace flat. The good news was I didn't even feel it and I knew I could knock off another ten I just didn't know if and when the staleness would hit.
The second loop took me to upper Woodland to W. Tischer and back via Eagle Lk. Rd and Vermilion roads. I managed to slow just a bit on this loop, mainly because of the terrain being more hilly, but I'm sure the fatigue had something to do with it as well. I managed to run this loop at or near 7:10's and that brought me home feeling quite good. The run unfolded better than I could have hoped for and all I took in was about 6 oz's of Poweraid and I didn't use the gel in my pocket.
Totals: 2:23:15 20.1 miles
Weeks Total: 71.4 miles
Years Total: 635.4 miles