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On Saturday I woke up at 7am and set out for my longest run yet… 18 miles. I had no idea what to expect because I would be running the whole thing by myself and had nobody to push me or talk to me along the way. I made sure to make a good spotify play list for this one…
Miles 1-3: I felt really good. It was not too cold and I felt like I dressed perfectly. Two long sleeves, a vest and our standard pashmina. I started out my usual 7 mile loop towards Wenham.
3-6 : I still felt pretty good and was heading through Wenham when I took a left instead of my usual right and ran into Hamilton until I hit a gas station so I could grab a Gatorade and eat my GU chomps! This took probably 2 minutes but I stopped my timer and made sure to eat and drink enough that I had the energy to start up again.
6-10: These miles were slow and I felt overwhelmed that I was only getting to the halfway point. I was still running through Wenham and I stopped to stretch out my hamstrings and drink a little more Gatorade. I decided to run back into Danvers.
10-14: I headed back into Danvers and started to feel a little better. Ditched the Gatorade and started to feel like I was getting close to the end!
14-18: I was definitely tired at this point and headed back to Beverly. I was going at probably 10:30 mile pace. I was really bored and my play list had looped through a few times but I also was proud I had gone so far.
I finished after 3 hours and 20 minutes of running. It was a nice slow run and I hope that it will feel a little easier when I am running with Mer and have the energy of the other marathoners around me!
Last long run this weekend- 2o miles! Then Mer and I are headed to Portland, ME to see Darius Rucker! Happy Belated Birthdays to us!!