My attempt at a 20 miler

Things I know for certain:

-I did not run 20 miles.  I quit after 18.5 :)

-The pain running causes is a great way to relieve stress and not be able to think about anything else other than the lower half of your body falling off.

-20 oz. of Gatorade is not sufficient for a 20 mile run.  But I do like my new belt.

-I will end up walking approximately 50% of my first marathon.

-Brooks PureFlow are magical, magical shoes (for my feet).  Turns out wearing the wrong shoes for 1.5 miles can mess up your legs for days, but wearing the right shoes for 18.5 miles  will result in minimal damage.

-Despite their magic healing power, I hope to never have to take an ice bath again.

-I almost passed out between miles 16-18.5.  I was very dizzy.  Turns out running 20 miles isn’t easy.  Thankfully I had bikers passing me pretty regularly, so I wasn’t going to be left alone passed out in the forest if anything.  Thanks bikers! :)

-Similarly, I was on the verge of tears regularly between miles 1-18.5.  At first from the daunting task of running 20 miles, then from the insane pain my lower body was in.

-At least I had a great view for 75% of my run :)

-Misiu, puppy dog, joined me for my first 2.5 miles.  It’s nice to have someone to blame my slow pace on :)

-Deer, squirrels and amphibians kept me company as I ran through a sea of grasshoppers.

-There is an advantage of running outside: you can’t quit at any time, so you push yourself because you have to.

-There is also a disadvantage of running outside: you can’t quit at any time, so you push yourself because you have to.

18 days until the marathon.  This will be my longest run, everything from this point on is 12 miles or less.  That I feel more comfortable with :)

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