18 Mile Long Run

I knocked out an 18 mile long run on Saturday.  I woke up at 4:20 to hit the trail by 5:15.  My friends Al, Sandy, and POJ were there also.  There was also a guy named Jim who is training for Boston.

Anyway, after my “surprise” 16 miler of a couple of weeks ago I decided to approach this marathon unlike any other I’ve ever done.  I followed up the 16 with a 10 miler last week and the 18 miler this week.  From here, I’ll back down to 10 next week and then undertake the following:

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Race

Though I’m certain that at some point between now and April 25th I will “never run another marathon”…my tentative plan is to follow up the Nashville Marathon with a big tour of Texas marathons:

Marathon to Marathon October 2009
San Antonio in November 2009
Dallas in December 2009
Houston in January 2010
Austin in February 2010

I ran Austin 5 times in a row from 2000 to 2004 and have now officially skipped it 5 times in a row from 2005 to 2009.  It’s time to start another streak.

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