Unfortunately...once I hit mile 15...things began to fall apart. My energy damn near dropped off completely! I've taken a second look at everything I did pre-run...and I honestly can't find an error. I had to fight damn hard to complete the last 5 miles...but I did it! 3:00:00 even...for an average pace of 9:00 per mile. Oddly, that's pretty much perfect for a training run of this distance...but the fact that I came "thisclose" to a crash and burn has me a little uncomfortable.
My conclusion is that I made the jump to 20 too soon. I went from 16 miles...right to 20. An 18-miler in between may have made all the difference. Won't make that mistake for the second and third 20-milers still to come.
Regardless of the struggle...it's ALWAYS good to knock off the first 20-miler!
New York...only 8 weeks away...