I got it done.
My 20-miler that was worrying and weighing on me is over.
I guess I had good reason to worry as the run did not go smoothly. I couldn't find my Garmin so I did not use it, I started much later than I wanted to so I paid for it by running in the sun for the last several miles and I was just trudging along too slowly. I crashed afterward, did some stretching, drank some water and then just laid down, in and out of sleep, felt like I fought my GMC Sierra and lost.
I finished in 3:38, which is a pace of about 10:54. I'm not exactly thrilled with that kind of time but then again I'm not quite worried about it. I mean, I didn't have my Garmin so I could have ran more than 20 miles, but whatever.
I'll have to figure out what changed between my 18-miler in May and today's 20-miler because that one I did in roughly 10-min per mile and even ran up a big hill in the middle of it. I felt strong after that one, and I did not feel strong after today's.
Still, this is my longest-ever solo run and my third 20-mile run of 2010 so that's something to feel proud about.
I just hope that pride settles in soon.