18miles proved probably more torturous than the 20 the week before, and I'm convinced Steve might have been trying to kill me off with the hilly route he had planned - Anniesland, over Langbank, round the reservoir, then 8 miles out & back on WHW, where we were joined by Anna (our psychological support). Despite an all-time-low around 14miles, I completed the 18miles - though I do think the prospect of hot chocolate and cake in Milngavie may be solely responsible for pulling me through that final four miles (and of course Anna and Steve's chat, thanks).
I did love this little "motivational" quote in the marathon newsletter this week:
"Anyone can run 20 miles. It's the next 6 that count"
~ Barry Magee, 1960 Olympic medalist.
Firstly, is this really meant to be motivational when most people only train up to 20miles in the marathon programme? And secondly, if your an Olympic athlete, you'd know it's an extra 6.2 miles, surely?! ;-)
Sports massage scheduled for today - wish me luck :-) and then its the final long run this Saturday before the taper begins.