neither did i.
i was supposed to run 7 recovery miles today and 18 tomorrow, totalling 50 miles for the week (please note: ive never done a 50 mile week). i already knew i was going to do 20 instead of 18, but we are scattering Aaron's ashes tomorrow and i knew i wouldnt want to do those miles tomorrow... so i decided to flip it and do 20 today and 7 tomorrow.
it took me a bit to actually get off the couch and leave the house to go for the run (this is a common occurance). i also had a fight with my outfit and the weather. after finally leaving, i felt great (shocker). at 3 miles, i felt really great (yes, i know, its 3 miles. my mind works in funny ways sometimes). sam had wanted me to try for 9:00min/miles for the 20 miles and i kept seeing 8:25s/8:30s as the miles ticked by. i tried to slow down a bit but my body kept wanting to keep that pace (impending break down coming up? i was sure of it). around mile 11 i stopped to get some water and had decided i was going to try for 26.2, see how i felt, see what i was capable of.
i couldnt stop thinking about aaron on this whole run and he definitely carried me through the miles. it seemed like time was going by so fast. when i got to 20 (averaging 8:45s), i knew (save for that major break down i figured was coming) that i could go sub 4 hours. i tried to slow down and use the last 6 miles as recovery but i just kept trucking along. my knees were starting to ache and the outsides of my legs were feeling "different", but other than that i felt awesome.
when i got to 23 miles, i knew i had it. at 3:34:55 (what i need to boston qualify... which i am currently NOT training for), my mileage was 24.45. i didnt try to push the final few miles because i have reach the beach 200 mile relay next weekend and a 25k the weekend after (ok yes, in hindsight i probably shouldnt have run a marathon today. i know that. i dont always make great decisions. but i do not regret this run at all. sorry if i suck next weekend, team).
final marathon time: 3:51:13
my current marathon PR is 4:15:25, so ill take a 24 minute improvement during a training run. i guess its funny what can happen when you train the right way (and dont text/tweet during the run).
ive decided to name this the Aaron T. Sterling memorial marathon. miss you <3 RIP.