Last weekend I did my 2nd and final 20 mile run for marathon training. It also happened to be my last really long run before the race which is now just over 2 weeks away! Like usual for this run I got an early start after some coffee and oatmeal. Some stretching and heating pad on my hip helped to nicely warm it up. I was hesitant when I headed out and very restrictive with speed. After about 5-6 miles I was fully warmed up and my hip felt like normal for the rest of the run, which felt mostly like smooth sailing.
It seems like the universe gives you encouragement when you really need it. Near about mile 17 or 17.5 my stomach started getting a bit upset. This was due to the cliff fruit twist I had consumed earlier during the run. Little did I realize that this fruity chewy twist treat was loaded with fiber since it is made out of the whole fruit. As I was starting to regret eating it and mentally kick myself all the while physically struggling, I see a familiar face. It's an older gentleman who has to be at least 80 maybe older out watering his flowers with a jug and his cane. His face lights up as I approach his yard and a grin spreads across his face. Just as I get right in front of him, he raises his cane and yells "Great day for a run isn't it!" He totally brightened my day and the last few miles. This isn't the first time I've seen him. During the first 20 miler several weeks ago he was in his yard with the jug and cane again and yelled "Keep it up!" I have no clue who this wonderful gentleman is, and I've never seem him outside any other time. (I run the course that goes by his house at least 3 times a week) Anyway, he was very encouraging and it instantly cheered me up!
After the 20 miler we headed to Oktoberfest and walked around the rest of the day. I didn't feel too sore until Sunday, but overall it wasn't that bad. It made me feel more prepared and confident for the actual race. I have to admit that I'm ready for the race to get here already......I just want to run not on a schedule for a while.
I'm ready to taper and take on 26.2 on 10.10.10 in Chicago!