Well, close to 20. I think it ended up being around 19.5. It's taper time!!!
Favorite part of the run: around mile 6 I was passing an elementary school and a little boy was standing on the corner. He would go toward the curb, then backup. There wasn't a crossing guard and I'm pretty sure he didn't know if he was allowed to cross the street without an adult. I got to the corner and said, "hey, do you want to cross together?" And we did. He was cute, even with the snot running out of his nose. It was cold this morning.
Mile 10 I swung by the house for a bathroom break and for 2 bites of POM brownies. Yum.
Mile 15 the balls of my feet started aching. I did some mental tallying in my head... yep, I'm right around 400 miles in these shoes. Despite what they say about running shoes being able to go 500 miles, my threshold consistently seems to be 400. At 400 and after my legs just feel like absolute trash - my joints ache and my legs feel heavy and tired. The last 4 miles were hard. My body hurt from my neck down to the balls of my feet (literally). I did a combo of walking and running to get through it, which definitely helped. Final time: 3:12. It's just under 10 minute pace, which is slower than I was hoping for... but at least it's finished. And I'm hopeful that new shoes will really perk up my legs!
Speaking of shoes: they're ordered!
I like to order my running shoes from zbsports.com. They tend to have the best prices - I got these shoes for at least $20 less than other places... and with cheaper shipping. Plus, they donate a portion of the sale to a charity of your choice!
While I was out running Dave was busy spreading the smell of ammonia around our property.
Dave read ammonia repels raccoons, so we've put an ammonia-soaked rag out by the back gate (there's a gap at the bottom where we think they might squeeze through) and also rubbed down the railings of the balcony. We're hopeful we can get rid of them by smell-repellant and won't have to go more hardcore... with pellet guns or hiring someone.
Have you had any experience with raccoons/unwanted wildlife?