Well, I did it...if I can run 22 on no sleep and pizza and cookies with no taper I have confidence in completing 26.2 in three weeks with good eating and taper...I think :) The only issue I had was at 21 miles my IT was SOOOOO bad, but I was able to stop and stretch then 'gimp' in the last 1 mile. I NEED to stretch like CRAZY the next three weeks to loosen that baby up!! I know it probably had a lot to do with still having some leftovers from last week, but I'm so afraid it will kill me - stretching can't HURT, can it?
I need to give kudos to Power Kelli!!! She put up with my stoping to stretch and whinning (I hope most of it stayed in my head...) AND did 7 more miles than she had planned...is she the best running partner ever or what?!?
Nuts and bolts: AP - 9:04; 1st ten out and back: 9:21, 9:12, 8:55, 9:22, 9:47 (hills!!), 8:50, 8:54, 8:58, 8:55, 8:45; stoped for water, gu and gatorade - next 9 out and back: 9:27, 8:50, 9:07, 8:48, 9:12, 8:57, 9:10, 9:03, 8:52 (one small stop at about 15 for a pre-emptive stretch and some 'magic' beans...must've been the caffeine, but I swear those 2 jelly beans put a spring in my step!!) - last 2.8, okay I'm saying 3: 9:05, 9:04, 9:01 (pretty good for how I felt...consistant pace anyway even for the horrible pain I felt!)
When I got home I did an ice bath to compare with last week when I did nothing and between the Aleve (thanks again Kelli!!) and ice bath I'm actually feeling pretty darn good - soreness wise. I also walked about 1/2 - 3/4 miles afterward and I think that helped as well! Still trying to figure out this "how to not get sore" thing.
I feel good about the run and hope that it helps me mentally prepare for Ogden and that my body is able to 'take it all in' by then as well. Now, I'm off to refill those 2800 calories I burned off this morning :)