Dave had mentioned that he may be in town on Sunday and he may run a few miles with us but he said he wasn't really sure. By mile 14 I figured he had decided not to join us however to my surprise he was on the trail waiting for us when we got to mile 17. It was so nice to see him. He jumped in with us and I was in the zone and just running and listening to my music. I must have really been zoned out because Dave ran up behind me and tapped me and scared the daylights out of me. As we ran a mile or so together he looked down at his watch and said 9:21 holy crap. I kind of laughed and mentioned that my watch had me closer to 9:35 pace. Sometime between miles 17-20 Missi yelled out "you're kicking a** today Jodi". It definitely made me chuckle. By mile 18 I was smiling from ear to ear because I was having such a great run. I decided to see what I could do for the final 2 miles. I finished up my final mile with an 8:59 pace. I was thrilled with my final time of 3:12:24 (9:37 pace) as my goal marathon pace is around 9:40. Yesterday's run was nothing short of perfect. Now if I can just bottle it up and bring it along for Columbus I will be one happy marathoner!!
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!