Today's run started out a bit late (9:30am) but still turned out to be a pretty good. I was able to hold my pace for the entire run - even getting in a few miles around 14 - 17 at MP. I've wanted to try that on a few of my longer runs, but I either hadn't been feeling up to it or didn't remember to do it.
This was probably the best I've felt after a 20 miler. I was able to be fairly coherent almost immediately after the run and didn't completely collapse on the carpet. I had only minimal pain in my ankle that didn't slow me down in the slightest. I feel that the icing that I've been doing after the runs is really starting to pay dividends. I will say that I sort of cheated on my time/pace though. I took a bit of a bathroom break around mile 13 and shut off the timer on my watch once I had entered a stall. I then started it back up as soon as I hit the ground running again. It probably added an additional 45 seconds to the run as my pace for that mile was 9:15, but my HR was able to go all the way down to 130 while I was in there. Of course, had this been during a real race, I'm sure it would have added an extra 2-3 minutes. Best to make sure that doesn't happen in a month.
Afterwards, my wife and I treated ourselves to massages at Massage Envy. Mine was good, hers was very bad. Hopefully she'll have time this week to go back again and correct some of the damage that was done. She said it was very painful - and not in the good 'get the knots out' kind of a way. Blah.