So with only 21 days remaining until the L.A. Marathon on Sunday March 9, 2014, our charity training group completed our final big run - we truly conquered 23 miles this morning.
T2: Team to End AIDS 009ers pace group celebrate after 23 mileswe were spared the fierce sun's rays beating down on us.
Hmm, not sure I can say I 'loved' 23 milesI didn't eat my usual marathon day breakfast of quinoa, which helps give me that slow release of energy.
009ers happy and relieved after 23 milesRace day also provides that necessary excitement and adrenaline when your body is saying no, plus the thousands of people cheering for you along the Stadium to Sea course always lift your spirits and give you much needed boosts throughout the 26.2 miles when you need them most.
Running with fun teammates certainly helps get you through the training mileage though and also a dose of Kylie, Madonna and Cher perked us up around mile 20, so music is another amazing motivator on race day and today reminded me that I need to select my race day playlist soon.
Trying to be creative with balloonsmy personal favourite is always the '23' helium balloons to make things more entertaining and memorable for group photos (I'm very easily pleased at times).
They've become a bit of a T2: Team to End AIDS tradition, so be sure to also check out these previous 23 mile training run celebrations.
Much happier after completing 23 miles than at 20 miles that's for surebragging rights of saying we ran 23 miles today, but I'm also delighted to report that we've now collectively raised around $135,000 for AIDS Project L.A. this season and I've personally received donations from friends, family and business sponsors of $5,821.
If you feel like you can help support the valuable work of AIDS Project L.A. that provides essential food, shelter and care to people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles, please DONATE TODAY (every little helps and goes to work straight away).
Now that 23 miles is out of the way and my ice-bath has helped soothe my throbbing legs, it's time to kick back, relax and eat my body weight in peanut M&Ms.
What have you done today...?