So my plan to run the first mile and then start my 3 and 1 intervals was foiled because I couldn't find the 1 mile marker. In fact, I'm not sure it existed because I saw all the markers on the way back except that one as well. Anyway, I knew I was past 1 mile and was just about ready to start my intervals anyway when I came upon the 2 mile marker. Here there was a water stop so I walked there and then started the 3 and 1's. I did well sticking to them until mile 11. The hill there did me in. I finished a run interval on it and then couldn't get my brain on board to start again after the minute walk so I walked to the top. It was totally my brain's fault too. In fact, I faltered again a couple of times between 21 and 23 and it was totally a mental thing. My body was fine. My legs and feet felt like they were in a marathon but they were working just fine. The were only a few 'bad' hills the rest were rolling and not so dramatic but hill after hill after hill just wore me out mentally. I was pleased that I didn't mind the out and back. Given my aversion to Kelly Drive in the Philly marathon this is a big deal. I think the difference is that at 13.1 I really was on my way back. It started spitting rain when I got to mile 20 but that actually felt kind of good.
I think the funniest thing about the day was watching everyone try to get on and off the buses that took us back to the satellite parking. It was slow going for many.
Despite the 3 hour drive home - which included sitting at a light for half an hour while a convoy of trucks carrying Make a Wish kids went by - I'm not doing too bad walking around or going up and down the stairs. Tomorrow might be a different story.