I ran my 18-miler yesterday which ended up being significantly more difficult than my 16-miler from a week or so earlier. This was hilly (unlike the New Orleans marathon will be) and it was an out-and-back which means that no matter how tired I was, I had to finish it.
I only stopped to talk three times for about a minute each, so I felt good about my stamina. Health-wise, I'm good. Knee-wise, well, less so. My knees were really killing me the entire time and are still hurting today. I feel like an old man hobbling up and down the steps.
The good news? My 18 miles took only 9 minutes longer than my 16-miler which is a good sign. Again, my stupid iPod Nike+ thing isn't working like it should and only showed 16 miles, though I mapped out the run in my car and on mapmyrun.com before hand. I don't want to be rash, but I think my iPod and I might be breaking up soon. I didn't want it to get to this point, but I think we've seen better days. I'm thinking about cheating on her with a Garmin.
Anyway, now all I have left to do is the 20-miler which will be my last long run before the marathon--less than a month away.
The other good news? I'm within 2,200 calories of hitting 100,000 calories burned since May. That is quite an accomplishment and I'll be sure to celebrate by eating two large pizzas by myself. Ok, maybe a piece of fish and vegetables.