First off, I ate an drank a lot more during this run: 20 ounces of water, 16 ounces of Gatorade, 2 Hammer Gels (espresso) and 1 package of Honey Stinger Chews. I guess I need a lot of calories when I run.
Also, this run wan't completely alone. I ran 4 miles before meeting up with some friends (and speedsters) at 7:00. Seeing the sun come up over Country Park was gorgeous. I ran with the group for 12 miles and then ran 4 more on my own to finish up. Saying that I ran with them for 12 miles is not entirely true; I ran about 200 feet behind the pack, catching up at water stops and when I cut one corner through a parking lot to dodge part of a hill. Even watching the backsides of ten running buddies is better than running solo for three hours.
I haven't completely decided what to do for the three weeks left in my training. Originally, last week was supposed to be 20 miles, this week a relatively short 14, and next week 22. Since I did 20 today, should I do 22 next week without a week off, do 14 next week and 22 two weeks before the race, or skip the 22-miler altogether? I wanted to have three weeks of taper before the race, running 10-14 mile long runs. Is two weeks of taper enough? Is 20 miles really enough for a long run? I know a lot of training plans max out at 20, but I've always been skeptical of leaving 6.2 miles to chance.