Things began well. After a couple of 10s to shake the legs out from Thursday’s 1/2 Marathon we settled into a nice 9:45 pace…. topped the Beach Boulevard bridege just as dawn broke…. then were treated to a spectacular bright sunrise over the Atlantic when we hit the boardwalk.
We headed north through Neptune Beach and onto Atlantic Beach… that’s where the perfect plan met the imperfect planner. I could not remember where we were supposed to make our turn for home… oh, well… I thought I did… or more accurately… I guessed.
We got to the turn pretty well, however, and headed back… then missed the next turn. I thought we were okay tho still…
Back over the Intrercoastal was another treat as we saw 4 or 5 porpoises playing in the water below as well as an Osprey.
Funny thing… when I glanced at the distace on my Garmin I noticed that we were at 18 miles… and knew that we were *way* more than 2 miles from home… I held my little secret for a mile or so then gently broke the news to Judi… to her credit she took the news well… as any one who has done a 20 miler… epecially your first 20 miler… being told that it was likey to be 22ish is not welcome news.
we walked for a minute a couple of times in the last 4 miles but still held a pretty good pace.