What a lovely day for a run. I might have preferred a nice Sunday stroll, but the marathon was beautiful. I moved extremely slowly, averaging a 13:24 pace. I wasted about 15 minutes in bathroom lines, but other than that, I have no explanation for my pace. I was just slow. Maybe I’m tired from a long month? I don’t know. I hope so. The Austin marathon will be a huge test for me to see if I can do better than 12 minute miles on that distance. We’ll see. The positive from today was that I kept moving the entire time, with the exception of about a 100 yard stretch near the end of mile 25 that I walked. I pushed to keep running, even if my run was simply a shuffle, so I’m pretty proud of that.
With all my big races behind me, I need to rest, regroup and figure out how to train for the Ironman. I’m thinking I’ll spend the next few weeks “studying” my various books and investigating training programs. Come Thanksgiving, I need to know how I’m going to tackle the next phase. The big race is less than 8 months away!