Schedule calls for 15 miles @ 9:19/mile. My friend, Mary needs to run her 1st 20 miler with 3 weeks out from TOU. So we decided to do this on the Provo River Trail going up Provo canyon and back down. Thanks to Luz's headsup info on the distance between drinking fountains; I decided to run this w/o a fuel belt/gatorade. However I forgot to carry the Enlyten strips that I was going to try. Will try that on the next 20 miler.
Wendy, Mary and I got to Will's Pit Stop (on University Ave.) where Stephanie was already waiting at 6am. Made a "pit stop" just as LuzyLew and her friend, Catherine arrived. Temp was perfect, slightly cool. It was a bit windy at the mouth of the canyon.
I ran with Luz and Cath at a comfortable conversation pace. Cath is a brilliant girl gearing to BQ at SGM. There were lots of runners and bikers on the trail. Saw Karin R. (Josse's mom), neat! About mile 7+ I was so happy to run into Kimmy and Kathie. They were on their way down, well over half way of their 20 miler. They looked great, running strong and having a good time together.
I took a gel at Vivian's Park (mile 8). We then headed up the road to South Fork for another mile to make a round trip of 18. Mary, Wendy and Stephanie needed to do 2 more to make 20. Soon after the turn around, Luz was having stomach cramps. I felt bad leaving her. Cath assured me that Luz would rather have us go ahead than run slower. I took advantage of the decline and cruised home talking the whole way with Cath. Ran into Kimmy and Kathie again around mile 16+. They looked awesome having finished their 20.
Finished the run feeling pretty good. Immediately drank chocolate milk and gatorade, ate oranges and banana that I brought. Drank water at all the water fountains about mile 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 (2nd gel) 14 and 16. The temp was perfect with overcast sky; no worries about dehydration or cramps. Felt like I could have run for couple more miles holding the pace.
18 miles in 2:44:42. Splits: 9:50, 9:38, 9:16, 9:42 (going up Provo Canyon), 9:46, 10:09, 9:35, 9:45, 10:57 (going up South Fork), 9:06, 8:49, 8:18, 8:30, 8:11, 8:25, 8:15, 8:08, 8:12. AP: 9:09
Going to check on everyone's run at TOU 1/2 now! :)