But to quote AIDs Training Marathon Program Rep's weekly e-mail:
We follow the Jeff Galloway method because it has worked so well for tens of thousands of runners. You may feel that your 20-mile run seems very slow at first, but trust me; you will appreciate it fully when the miles start racking up. What’s more, you will be grateful for it when you have a faster and injury-free marathon day.
(I love the line about "...when the miles start racking up..." I wonder when that happens ...)
So, our pace was slowed to run 2/walk 2 and that's what we did for the entire twenty miles.
5 hours 11 minutes.
In my pre-marathon training days, I distinctly recall telling a marathoner friend, "Geeze, I can't even think of anything I like doing that I'd want to do for five hours."
So, now I get it.
It was loooooooonnnnng, but it was awesome.
Ran with the Group. Evan ran with Pace Group Leader. So, now, maddeningly, I have to take back previous less-than-gracious comments about PGL. She did well keeping the pace, we ran together for a while, and actually shared a few laughs. At one point, she deconstructed the ingredients in several alcoholic beverages (there's rum in mojitos?? who knew?) And, as a group, we played "name that capital" (my idea, natch). And generally we just put one foot in front of the other.
My friends, there is no "I" in TEAM.
(The Dalecarlia tunnel in 1975, although it looks more like 1875)
Same tunnel circa 2005:
Inside same tunnel (um, does someone have a thing for tunnels?):
(Photos from Crescent Trail Web site.)
In other news, I'm driving NOD back to school tomorrow, so I will now have to take care of myself again, as in make own dinners, do laundry, make own ice baths. No more personal maid service. Oh yeah, and I'll really really miss having her around. Did I mention that NOD rocks?
And, though I'm loathe to admit it, so does her Mom.