I did 20 miles today.
I was a little bummed about it, partially because the back of my knees started killing me at Mile 16. I took some Ibuprofen and decided that it would be better to walk it, particularly since I took the Ibuprofen; it would've be too easy to push it too hard. So I walked three of the four remaining miles.
What was interesting to me is that it wasn't the cardiovascular system that got me, it was the musculoskeletal system.
What I learned: I need to get more time on my feet. The 16 miles totaled about 3.5 hours. The remaining four miles was another hour.
They gave us these lovely "medal" keychains.
I wore my stupid club shirt, which I hate. I am not doing it again. There are psychological aspects of long runs; I hate the shirt so much that I swear it messes with me. Not that I'm opposed to looking bad for a practical reason; this thing just bothers me.
Nutrition: Walnuts and chia seeds in my water were my fueling. I had packed up a protein-and-carb-rich lunch to eat afterwards, but I left it at home -- so I gave the Whole Foods hot bar some business instead, as I was trying to eat as soon as possible after the run.
Icing: I also picked up some ice for an ice bath. Which was great.
Music: I used to not bring my iPod, in order to be social. I brought it today, and it was a good move. I could still be social, and it kept me more motivated.
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