My first 20 mile run of the year is in the books. I literally ran to the end of a local country road and then back in to town, finishing with 20.5 miles, the last 19 in 2:26, for a 7:55 pace. I found this to be quite the "cruising" pace...where it would have likely worn me out to run much faster, but to run any slower would have also seemed uncomfortable. I'll take it. My avg HR was 150, and I hit 169 climbing the last hill at mile 19.
I'm feeling that muscle ache that I live for right now. My quads, my knees, my calves--they're sore but not injured. I accomplished something today. It's quite the sense of accomplishment, considering the weather. At last.