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Well, this would just suck:
Jogger stuck in muck for four days – U.S. Life –

I do some stupid stuff when I run, but @ least I always tell someone where I’m going and about how long I’ll be gone.

As much as I’m enjoying the marathon training, I really can’t wait to run just for the fun of it again.

I ran 5 miles this morning, and if I didn’t feel like I had to run, I probably would have stayed in bed and caught up on my rest.

The run was fine.  It wasn’t fast or slow.  It just … was.  My legs were moving.  Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.

20 miles is long. 

Running for three hours is long.

Running for 20 miles in 3 hours in the rain and wind is long.

Running for 20 miles in 3 hours in the wind and rain when you feel like you can’t keep up with your running buddies makes things extra long.

Some of the bright spots from the run:

  • damn, holy shit, I ran 20 miles!!
  • body glide came through again – no chafing or bleeding
  • no shoulder pain
  • no hip or knee pain either
  • my breathing felt relaxed

Some of the not so bright spots

  • not a whole lot of turnover in my legs
  • On the last 4 miles I felt like I was getting slower with each step
  • I was useless for the rest of the day

I have 3 more runs of 20 (or more) miles planned.  I can’t think of any major changes I’d make in preparation for those runs.  I might take the day before off  (I ran 4 miles on Saturday)  or I might take it a little easier on Friday (I ran nearly 10 this past Friday.  But other than that, I was happy w/ my clothes, the 2 GUs in my pocket (no more Cliff Shots – too hard to open, I’m all GU now) and the socks.  Even with all the rain and deep puddles my feet were fine the entire time.

First, I need to rehydrate.  I’m also hoping these hallucinations will stop.  3 hours of running does some interesting things to the brain.

And I’m heading out the door for my first 20-miler ever.  “Outside running” is definitely not on my top 10 list of places I’d like to be right now.

I’m trying to remind myself that this will build character.