I ran 16 miles today. At around mile 13-14, I started thinking that maybe I have been underestimating the magnitude of the act of running 26.2 miles. A little late for that realization, unfortunately. One thing I know for sure is that when I got done with 16, I certainly didn’t feel like I had another 10.2 in me. Not today, anyway.
I felt better about my run when I got back home and plugged my time into my running log and realized that the marathon time extrapolation that I had been doing in my head during the last few miles of today’s run was off by over an hour. Not a good idea to do math in your head when you are exhausted and most of your faculties are devoted to running in a straight line out of oncoming traffic.
Anyway, I’m taking solace in the following 5 things:
1) My run for today is history and tomorrow is a rest day.
2) The OBX course is flat.
3) The weather for the marathon will probably be cooler.
4) I will be aided by race-day adrenaline.
5) I still have 34 training days left.