Well, with the Las Vegas marathon coming up in 2 weeks, I decided I needed to get in one final long run. Granted, I did a marathon about 3 weeks ago, but I wanted to get one more run in of substantial distance. Traditionally, two weeks before a marathon you do a 12 mile run. In the past, I've done a 20 mile, 2 weeks before and survived just fine.
With all the racing I've done I settled on splitting the distance and just shooting for 16 miles.
Sunday was a cool day, with some gentle cool breezes with an air temperature in the upper 40's. There had been some rain in the morning, so I opted for shorts, a tech shirt and gloves. I am glad I went with the gloves as my hands do tend to get painfully cold in this type of weather.
I was pretty much inspired by watching the New York Marathon. I wound up watching most of it on ESPN2 and props to them for providing pretty good coverage (although I would've liked to have seen more of the every day runner).
I don't have any mile splits, but I know I finished in about 2:38, with no major crash at the end. In fact, I was tempted to keep going. The weather was really ideal, although I did miss seeing all the other runners on the bike trail. Most people don't run on Sundays and with the dicey weather it probably kept all but the brave inside.
I wound up taking a picture at every mile interval, no matter where I was. After 8 miles, I turned around and started taking a picture every mile after hitting 8.5 miles, so enjoy the fall foliage on the Jordan River Bike Trail.
|Mile 2 - Water / bathroom stop here|
|Mile 3, just entering my favorite section of the trail|
|Mile 4 - getting into Taylorsville|
|Mile 5 - past some apartments and into no-man's land.|
|Mile 6 - more desolate area.|
|Mile 7 - out in the boonies but just really a pretty part of the trail|
|Mile 8 - turn around point|
|Mile 8 - Just love this field area|
|Mile 9.5 - heading towards a park from under a bridge|
|Mile 10.5 - Tree shrouded section|
|Mile 11.5 - a little bit of a hilly section|
|Mile 12.5 Standing on a bridge looking south|
|Mile 14.5 - almost home.|
|Mile 15 on another bridge.|
After the run I had a MASSIVE craving for fries. It had been a long time since I had been to Hooters (the last time I went the service wasn't that great). Plus the Broncos games was on, so I figured why not. I was happy to see they had Fried Pickles on the menu. I have forgotten, though, how rich they are. I think I got about 3/4ths the way done with them before they started to catch up with me. So good but so rich...
I probably wound up eating too much, but it certainly satisfied my cravings:
|Fried Pickles... yum!|
|Shrimp Po Boy Sandwich|