I set out for 16 miles the next morning on Coronado Island and was completely wiped out by the end. Angela joined me for the first 5.5 before heading back. I trudged along feeling the sweat drip down my neck, forehead and even my legs. I brought a tiny bottle of sports drink along which proved to be too little. There was a water fountain spewing ice cold H2O along the way. It was heavenly. How often is the water actually cold? Almost never, thank you Running Gods! I chugged and chugged and chowed down a Clif Bar. I doused practically my entire body in the icy cold water which helped for probably 5 minutes.
I continued on my sweaty way, finishing 16 miles up with an average pace of 9:06/mi. That’s much slower than my last long run but considering the pain and time off I just had I will gladly take it. Running slower than normal is far better than not running at all.
I am still uncertain as to whether or not I will be able to run the full Malibu Marathon in November. I may end up switching to the half. My left leg hurts from top to bottom today. I know my body well and it doesn’t seem good. If I can’t complete the 26.2 in November I am thinking Chicago Marathon 2011?? A good hometown race would be quite nice for a first marathon. Familiar faces, flat course and plenty of time to train properly. At the gym tonight they were showing Chicago’s WGN News which was extremely odd – maybe it was a sign from the running gods!