Made it through my first 20 mile run/walk yesterday. Just got home from a good long massage to help get rid of the soreness in my body. Awake before 4am, drove for 45 minutes to the trail run, started run at 5:30am because we got lost, and finished at around 10:30am. Took me around 5 hours total (with bathroom and water breaks). We ran at Heritage park around a lake and when we started there was no moon so it was pitch black and the sky was full of stars. Then as the sun rose we saw the midst on the water and the herrings and geese flying over the lake. So beautiful! But then the sun grew hotter and as the day drug on the lake lost some of its beauty.
There is a mental toughness that you form when you keep your body moving for this length of time. You develop little tricks to push through the final few miles. But they are secrets that if you give away, they will seem like silly mental games, and will not longer have their magic powers. Needless to say, my mental tricks and a bit of Sting on my IPOD worked, and now I only have one more super long run before the marathon (a 22 miler on Oct. 1st). It's the home stretch now. If you've made it this far there is really NO reason to turn back. Right? I'd be a fool to say the least.