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Dave even came out with his mountain bike and rode by me a few times to offer words of encourgement and bring me cold water. I loaded up my vest with 70 ounces of water, dates, energy bars and S! caps. The first 10 mile loop was blissful with the outside temp only 59 degrees. There was a breeze blowing through the trees and I was totally in my element and loving every second. I purposely picked the hilliest routes to help me get ready for Palo Duro, although I think the route today was much hillier than what I'll see at PD. The second 10 mile loop was a little warmer but still comfortable. At the 20 mile mark I started running some flatter sections of the trails and finished up strong. I couldn't be at 26 miles and stop there though, right? At first I thought I'd tack on the .2 to reach marathon distance, but kept going until my Garmin hit 26.3 so that I went OVER marathon distance today. Awesome!
I'm sore but happy.... last really long run done. Next weekend will be a 16 miler and the weekend after that a 12 miler.
Have a great week!