Sunny and 34 degrees with a NE wind at 15 mph.  That is what greeted Dan and I as we began today’s run at 10:00.  I don’t like running out in the country but Dan wanted to do a loop out of town then a loop in town.  Against my better judgment we headed west.  In retrospect this was probably a good idea since this route incorporated more hills than an easterly route.  The St. Louis Marathon is very hilly.  Today is workout #2 for the week which meant 18 miles at 10% slower than marathon pace.  I wanted more mileage to improve my endurance and Danoh wanted to run at marathon pace for the speed factor.  Our projected marathon pace is 08:30/mile.

By mile 8 we kind of hit a lull in the intensity and our average pace had dropped to 08:45.  We just finished a group of hills and were heading to a long flat section of about 1.5 miles into the wind.  So I decided to pick up the pace to 07:30 for the 1.5 miles just to get it over with and to improve our average.  I payed for the effort later in the run but got a chance to catch my breath when we stopped at Dan’s house for a water bottle change.

The next 12 miles were run in town.  We ran to Washington Park, did a loop, and headed home.  By now I was hurting and struggling to keep up with Dan.  My right ankle was hurting pretty bad.  Dan’s left knee also began hurting him.  Running is tough on your body.  Instead of going home the usual way Dan wanted to run back home on Washington St. which would incorporate about 3 more hills.  This was the end of me.  I was unconscious the rest of way and couldn’t even wave to Dan’s Mom as she drove by us.

The day ended with me limping home, 20 miles and 3 hours later.  The last mile I actually started to feel nauseas.  I guess shots and beer last night wasn’t such a good idea after all.