My last 20 miler. Hopefully for a long ass time (minus the marathon, of course). I ran my last super long run route in reverse. I must say, that was a dandy idea. Hit all the hills early, while I was still energetic, and coasted down a long decline into town around the 8 mile mark.
I felt pretty good throughout. I had my Paleo casserole early, then woke the spawn and hustled them to daycare (why why WHY to they fight putting on their shoes when I have a deadline?!?) Dropped them off, snarfed down a banana, peed three times (at home, in the toilet), then strapped on all my gear and headed out.
It was overcast and cool this morning, so I opted for long sleeves and was pretty comfortable (surprisingly). I wore my Door County half marathon shirt. That's a nice shirt, I must say. Light and soft. Hooray and stuff. One of my co-workers scared the crap out of me by honking when he drove past. When I run I'm very zoned in on the road ahead. I notice the cars, but not the drivers in general. I also startle easily, so a horn? Jumped right out of my skin.
As I coasted down University I passed a gentleman at a bus stop. I said "Good morning!" as is my custom when I'm out running, and he said the same in return. I kept bopping along and heard "You looking goooooooood, baby!" from said gentleman. I sort of waved over my head as I continued along.
Thanks for noticing, random stranger.
I did sort of forget that running through town at 8am on a weekday means a lot of traffic. It kept me on my toes, anyway, and pretty much the whole route had sidewalks available. I don't often run on sidewalks, but they beat getting hit by a car!
I wrapped up at 20 miles (I have now done three runs of 20 or more miles while training for this marathon!) and went home for the obligatory ice bath. I had some sliced chicken and an apple while I was icing, along with a can of coconut water. I kind of dug the coconut water. It was a little bit sweet, a little coconutty (duh), and very refreshing. It also has a fair amount of potassium and magnesium in it. Bonus. I caught a shower, got dressed, and came to work. For a 10 hour shift. Awesome. I'm not locking up, though, so that's a win.
The Paleo thing went well today. I felt good about my breakfast, it worked well as pre-run food. I ate my usual lunch and dinner stuff, just minus the froyo afterwards. Tomorrow I'm going to give coconut milk in my coffee a go. What the hell, it's worth a shot.
And, since I know you've been wondering, the meat cookies were delicious.