Thanks for checking in Nat. It sounds like an exciting race and I bet you're glad it's done. I know the feeling of having to stop for a potty break in a race, I vividly remember the first time I had to stop mid race. Charlie wasn't there for the race, it's been a tough fall for him and I think it's better he didn't go up there. Glad S did well too.
Good run Cheryl. On the one hand, I'd say listen to your coach regarding mileage but if your schedule says 20-22 I'd say if you're feeling okay at 20 then 22 is okay. Remember, long runs are about logging miles not speed. If it were me I'd plan on 22 and have enough support for that distance and if you get to ~15 miles and are feeling off then stop at 20. Also, if your miles go well this week then ride the high and shoot for 22.
Sorry you're not doing well Heather but progress is progress... be gentle with yourself.
I think I'm finally back in battery this week - it took most of last week to recover from the retreat. Fall is getting here except there can still be 70-80 degree days.
I caught a run this evening even though it was a little late when I got started. It was interesting, there was a little drizzle when I started, about 5 minutes in the rain got progressively stronger until it was pouring at ~9 minutes. It remained pretty steady the remainder of the run but the slightly unnerving part was the lightening that was very periodic until 20 minutes (one every couple minutes and a long ways away) then they started striking more often and a little closer. I decided I wasn't going to tempt fate and just call it at about 32 minutes.
Hope everyone is faring well... happy trails all,