This morning I ran 20 miles. Yes, you read that correct – 20 miles. My legs responded with a big OUCH after I was done. I’m glad I completed it, but man, when you get up to that kind of mileage, it starts to take a toll on the body. I felt like I was drained all day. My wife did let me take a little nap, which helped.
Here’s what I learned from today’s run:
1. The Capital Area Greenbelt is nice. 90% of it is on pathways off of the road. It’s mostly well-marked with signs (I found one area that was not, but I figured it out). There are mileage markers for most of the miles along the way. The scenery is just beautiful, especially when you run along the river front and on the pathways along the creeks.
2. There are lots of hills in Harrisburg. I didn’t realize how many hills there are in Harrisburg, especially along the Greenbelt. I think I climbed the last 2 miles uphill. When you are that far into the run, 2 miles of uphill is a bit tough. Needless to say, there was some walking. This is a training run, so I’m not out to set any type of speed record.
3. I crushed the hills in Wildwood park. I felt great for the first half of the run. The hills in Wildwood park have been a challenge for me up to this point, but today I took the hills without stopping. It felt great.
4. I’m progressing, but still not quite there yet. This was by far the longest run I’ve done for this marathon training. The first half went really well. The second half was not as good, but it wasn’t terrible either. I think if I can get a couple more of these long runs in, I’ll continue to see progress – getting farther on the Greenbelt before I feel tired. Today was definitely an improvement. I’m also glad the marathon is not next week.