Yesterday I ran the last miles of the Austin Marathon. It was 22.5 miles and took 3:37 or 9:39/M. I felt strong for most of it. I again used chocolate-chip cookies as my fuel (as opposed to Clif Shots) and they seemed to work. I was able to eat them with delight and without gagging. I would run miles with the sweetness swirling in my mouth. Nice! The end was tough because I had to unexpectedly run zig-zag across the UT campus, across Dean Keeton, down Guadalupe, across MLK, down San Jacinto, across 11th, down Congress, and across 4th. Ugh! During those last miles I could only put one foot in front of the other. See the race route. Now why am I doing this long run even though I’m not running the marathon? Well it’s because it’s part of the running class that I’m taking. I do what I’m told. Also it makes me stronger (I think). So I do it. I’m looking forward to the 3M half next week and the Austin half in mid-February.