I decided that I didn't want to spend my birthday running 20 miles. Plus, I have to coach at the BYU Invite tomorrow. So, that left today for my last pre-marathon 20 miler. It was a tough one.
Jenny and I met at the river at about 8:15 this morning. Sleeping in (all the way until 6) was wonderful! It was pouring when we started, but the rain quickly turned into a light drizzle. Then, the weather was perfect, if just a bit muggy. We ran out past the International Peace Gardens, to 5th South. After the turn-around, the sun came out, and then it was really hot and muggy. We were clipping along pretty quickly today though. This was surprising considering my legs are so dead. We passed 2 naughty landmarks that were spray painted on the sidewalk. Oh, the things that amuse you when running. It seems that when I run with Jen I possess the humor of a 12-year-old boy.
We picked up the last few miles, and finished in a 7:06 per mile average. I was thinking about my first twenty on the river trail where I could only muster 7:25 pace.
So, the hardest work is done! A little drop next week, and then full taper! St. George, here I come!