|A snapshot of my elaborate spreadsheet that I used to document mileage before Garmin Connect|
And what's so magical about 20 miles. Well, nothing really. It's just a round number that sounds "impressive" to some. It's just an imaginary line that most marathon plans set as the long run standard, but there are obviously varying opinions on that. They're obviously difficult and take a lot of work and dedication. But they're very doable if you're committed.
Over the years I've had several experiences with runs of this distance. When I'm in great shape and firing on all cylinders, a 20 miler is no big deal. I can almost breeze through it and focus 100% on the pace and race prep. But when I'm getting back into shape (like today) with almost 100%, it's a difficult run that takes a lot out of me. I lost a lot of fluids today and it will take me a couple of days to get right. But it felt great to get another 20 miler in the books.
So here's to you 20 mile run! You push me. You stretch me. You make my body ache. But after I complete every step of your path, I feel like a conqueror. Hopefully there will be many more of you in the future. Hope your running is going well!
... Be Great Today!