20.11 mi, 2:41:45, 8:03 avg
First 20 mile training run in a while. The schedule I'm following does not specifically have any 20 mile runs on it but has some with ranges that could be 20 miles. I figured I'd better make sure to get one done.
Starkey Park starting from the bike parking lot and headed out onto the main bike trail toward the Suncoast Trail. Ran into Carin Z and her sister about 2.3 miles into the run and talked to her for a few minutes. Kept going, running through the tree tunnel into the open area and then to the Suncoast trail turning left. Stopped at the water stop about 6.7 miles into the run. Out 3.3 more miles to my turnaround. It's been a while since making it out this far.
Was wearing my fuel belt which has gotten its elastic a little too stretched. Finally got it sinched down so it wouldn't bounce so much, made running feel a lot easier.
Pace goal range for today was 8:00-8:30 range for the average. Some of the first miles were a bit slower but now I was pushing closer to 8:00 pace.
After the turnaround, felt a mental boost and pace was now in the 7:40's for the next 3 miles. Then I started feeling a little sluggish, pace got a little slower but still in 7:50's but it felt a lot harder for the next two miles. Quick stop at 4 mile water and then felt much fresher.
Last 3 miles were good - 7:35, 7:34, 7:11
So, now that's checked off. Maybe time for one more next week which is supposed to be 8-9 easy, 8-9 marathon pace, 2 mile warm down. Will try to go up to Brooksville section of Suncoast trail for the rolling hills.