2 hours, 37 minutes.
15.8 miles or 25.5km
pace: 9:54 min. miles or 6:09 min. kms
This, my friends, is a moment to freeze, a moment to celebrate. It is the longest I have ever run…by far. (13 miles was my previous record.) This pace is a speed that I worked hard to maintain during my regular runs a year ago…and this was a long run not a regular run. At the end of the run I was energized, fresh, happy. I felt better after this run than I have felt on many a shorter run.
I may not be fast, but I am far faster than I could have imagined when I first started. I have taught myself so much about my strength of character and my physical strength. I have learned that I can run with blisters; I can run in humidity; I can run up hills and down hills; I can run when I have a headache; I can run when I don’t feel like it; I can run and run and run and not stop for two hours and thirty-seven minutes.
I can run. I am a runner. I am an athlete.