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18 Miles - Only 8 More To Go

By smithdm3 - Posted on 24 April 2006

I'm getting up there in distance now in my training. Ran the third longest distance I'll probably ever run this past weekend. Kev and I ran 18 miles around downtown Ottawa on Saturday. (Kev's got a photo over here:

The run went pretty well... Kev does run a bit faster than I tend to, but a.) he's in better shape, b.) he's got longer legs and c.) he's probably much more disciplined. I need to buy a watch that I can wear for the race so that I can watch the numbers tick by and remain disciplined - this is probably the biggest drawback that running outside on my own has right now. When with Kev or someone else I let them do the timing. When on the treadmill I time myself with the computer. Alone, umm.. I walk when I'm tired and run when I'm not... probably not the best thing for my training, but oh well, getting a bit late to change now. :)

Anyway, as I said, this was the third longest run, with only a 20 miler in a couple of weeks and the marathon in a few more after that left to go. The run went well, though my toes are starting to blister up on one of my feet - right between the big toe and the little one next to it actually - they must rub together a lot.

All in all, I was happy with this run, I probably didn't push myself hard enough after Kev left me behind (I thank him for running at a slower pace for the first bit) after 10 miles as we climbed from behind Parliament Hill. My 20 mile run will be alone, but it's pretty much the same course, with a little more distance through the Experimental Farm thrown in.

We're almost there buddy. Just need to suffer through one more super long run and then it's downhill from there to the start of the marathon.

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