So, today's plan was to go to church for the 8 am service and pick up my kids. They were doing a Rock-a-thon all night to raise money for their youth mission trip to N'awlins this summer. Then get in 20 miles before Amy and I went up to Scottsdale to a party at our friends house.
This is a picture at the 2.5 mile mark. At this point I passed Citation drive and was running like a stallion. I later passed Secretariat drive too. South Tempe has lots of triple crown race names for streets. I was feeling pretty good. I had cola flavored NUUN in my drink bottle and lots of GUs.
I get to run past the golf course twice. Going north I run from a blind spot right in front of a tee box. A dangerous proposition, if there are golfers about to tee off. Otherwise I really like running along the course and watching the golfers.
The canals have concrete sidewalks and dirt paths. I usually run on the dirt. This is around the 12 mile mark. I was getting a bit tired, but my legs felt a lot better at this point then they did last week.
This was new territory for me. I was supposed to take a left in a subdivision to get to Kyrene Road, but didn't and ended up on the train tracks. It was less than a half mile to the next main road.
This is a cool sculpture in the park. Kids walking on a log over a creek. At this point I was run/walking and just trying to get the full 20 miles in. No more pictures, I guess I was too tired. I made it home at 19.55 miles. I threw my outer top down on my SUV hood and continued to run around the block. There was no way I was going to stop before I got to 20 miles, even thought I was walking a lot. I ended up finishing 20 miles in 4 hours and 45 minutes. A pace of 14:17.
January 13th: Rock N Roll Full Marathon
January 26th: Run for the Islands 5
February 17: Lost Dutchman Half Marathon
March 9: Valley of the Sun Half Marathon