After that I headed out for my longest training run yet - 20 miles! :/ I was super nervous about it, but I remembered to keep a comfortable pace from the very beginning. I was doing well until mile 15. My left hip was hurting so bad. Ankles weren't too comfortable either. I tried to stop and stretch but it didn't seem to help at all. I had to walk...a lot. I also ran out of water and searched everywhere in Fort Dupont Park in Anacostia for a water fountain, but couldn't find one. Who builds a massive park with no water fountains?!? I actually stopped on mile 18 at McDonalds to buy a bottle of water. It was a really tough/frustrating run. I tried my hardest to stay positive, but couldn't help but thinking "if 20 is extremely difficult, how am I ever going to 26.2?" All in all though, I was happy with myself for completing the run. Also, I had to remind myself that my goal for Nashville is to cross the finish line, not a certain time...so if my finish time turns out to be 6 hours, so be it!
I was planning on walking the 1.5 miles home as a cool down, but was in too much pain so I got a cab and came home to find myself lookin' a hot mess:
|It's cool to have tons of salt on your face and snot on your shirt, right??|
|foam roller = god-send.|
I did some stretching and foam rolling and then walked a few bocks to my fav healthy fast food place, SweetGreen where I ordered the most glorious salad:
|mixed greens, red and green peppers, white beans, alfalfa sprouts, cucumber, tomato, and chicken w/ balsamic dressing :)|
Eventually I got home, showered and cleaned up a bit to go line-dancing for a friend's birthday. In hindsight it might not have been the best decision b/c I'm having trouble walking today (I'm SO sore), but it sure was fun!