So I was asked to run 26 miles to start the New Years. Well I accepted and warned the other better runners that I will be slow but they didn't care. It was all about the journey rather than it being a race AND that is what I love about this group. They know everyone's weaknesses and they try not to discourage you on a normal run.
Anyways! So this route we took was my number one place to run. Well when I left my place, it didn't seem that cold, just a little warm. So I still brought my hoodie with me as usual. Weeeeeeelllllllll since I love being the early bird to these meets. I was first to find out how freaking cold it was and to top that it was also windy. Which didn't make it any better. haha!
So, while the other three runners, were prepared and had their warming layers just sitting in the car. I was stuck with a sweater with a miniature parachute attached to me. Haha! So when the wind blows the right angle, my hoodie would blow up, which was giving me a bit of a resistance. I managed to run the whole route with it, without taking it off.
Okay, enough of the complaining, this route turned out to be a unique one. Instead of running on five different islands. To include Okinawa. We ended up running to two more islands, they were small but they were extra islands. So tell me, where in the world can you say you've ran on seven different islands in one run? Hmmm? :)
So throughout the time, I was eager to beat my marathon time last year of 5 hours 48 mins. I ended up running this route in 5 hours and 13 mins. Yes this route was .2 miles shorter but that does not matter. I freaking PR'd. Overall I felt great this run because I didn't bust out my headphones or music overall. I only had a gel shot and a power bar. So I felt way better than my last marathon. It's because I was prepared for this one.
Anyways, today I dedicated this run to one of the best influential runners in my life. I was always up for sooooo many challenges with her. Yes, knowing she's a way better runner. I knew what I was getting into and I am that crazy for saying yes. So if it wasn't for her, I really don't think I wouldn't be where I am at now. Yes an easy pace but longer runs.