16 miles. 2:39:00. 9:57 m/m average pace. Oh yeah.
It was fitting that I was listening to DMB's "I Did It" when I finished.
"...But I did it justice
I just did it for the buzz, oh..."
"...For such a lovely crime I'll do the time
You better lock me up I'll do it again
I did it
Do you think I've gone too far?
I did it
Guilty as charged..."
It made me smile. I'm totally guilty of being a crazy distance runner. And I LOVE it.
Today was a good day. I am wanting to condition my body to maintain a consistent pace around a 10:00 m/m in order to reach my goal on race day. I definitely feel great that so far I can manage to do that for 16 miles!
The weather was also very cooperative. Cloudy. 65ish. A slight drizzle for a few miles when I got started. I felt strong. Sure, my legs were burning the last few miles... but I kept on running. I took a few very short breaks to eat some GU and have some fluids. I also took a needed bathroom break after 10 miles, but I stopped the watch for that since I had to walk over to the town center, go in and then get back to the path.
I found myself picking the pace up a bit over the last mile, which actually surprised me because I was feeling pretty tired. I tried to start thinking about the last mile on race day... and all the people that will be there to watch me. It was a good feeling, and I finished strong.
I'm pleased. 10 more miles is still a long way to go, but I'll get there. The 18-miler is on the schedule for next weekend before I take it back down a notch and run in a half-marathon. Things are going well. Except that I'm totally worn out and good for nothing today! :)
Before I wrap this up, I feel inclined to make a short addition to last night's media rant, and then we'll be done with that. I in no way was trying to insinuate that the media is to BLAME for the economy problems right now or the gas issue... my point was clearly missed throughout the post by the person who left the disagreeing comment (that has been deleted not because I'm not for free speech, but rather because I made it pretty clear I wasn't looking to get into a disagreement and that I wasn't looking for comments of a disagreeing nature... this is my blog and I was just ranting, not starting a discussion or argument).
I don't disagree that there are some problems out there... but my whole point is simply that the media MAKES IT WORSE than what it really is most of the time. I guarantee you that Nashville would have had plenty of gas had the media not freaked everyone out. If people had gone about their business as usual, I'm pretty sure we'd have been fine. Case in point? EVERYWHERE else in Tennessee has gas right now. Memphis. Chattanooga. Clarksville. Cookeville. All of them have gas. So what's up with that? (And yes, I heard Knoxville has an issue, too, but I'm betting since they've had hundreds of citations for gouging this past week that they probably don't have a good reason to be out, either.)
When the media says things like "there may be a shortage" when they have no proof that might be true, it creates a HUGE problem because people scurry out to get gas and drain us of every last drop. Then the media gets to say, "Oh, well we called that one!" It's ridiculous. I only wanted to express my irritation that the media no longer exists to simply share an unbiased presentation of facts... everything they do is about money and ratings... that is my opinion, and I'm sticking to it. We're done with that now. Thanks for allowing me to rant. We now return to our normal cheerful disposition.