As I began this run I was met with high winds, which of course made me realize just how good I have had it. One particular gust almost stopped me right in my tracks, and I was less than a quarter mile into the 26.2 mile run!
Just before mile 13 I was able to head back to the north and now the wind is at my back. The sun is even making an appearance. Life is good!...
Miles 13 - 16 were uncharacteristically enjoyable. Nothing like the wind and sun on your back with only ten miles to go...
Mile 19 - The peanut butter and banana sandwich my son brought me at mile 11 is losing it's effect! My legs still feel good though I can definitely feel the effects of running into a stiff wind the first 13 miles. The feet are just starting to feel the pain, but feel significantly better than yesterday.
Mile 23 - Now that I have another banana I should easily have enough fuel to finish off these final miles. After the last few days, I decided to try to make today's 26.2 miles as easy as possible. Six hours, start to finish. As I write this on mile 23 I am exactly where I need to be to comfortably achieve today's goal. For a lot of you this may seem real slow, but do try to remember, I am not an athlete, I am just the guy next door who happens to be driven by a strong sense of purpose and motivation. If I were an actual athlete I probably would be knocking these out in four hours. As for me and as for today, six hours is just right!
THE FINISH LINE - My official finish time was 6 hrs 3 min 59 sec - as far as I am concerned, right on. More importantly, I feel better than I have in days. I just might do this again tomorrow just as a little reminder to the world, one day at a time, we can do just about anything.
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|Mile 5 with the Mississippi river in the background|