Previous long runs for Marathon Training:
- One Way Ticket to Double Digitland (10.0 miles)
- Eleven with the Ladies (11.0 miles)
- A Hellish Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
- Fabulous Fourteen (14.0 miles)
- Sweaty Sixteen (16.0 miles)
- Screamin’ Seventeen (17.0 miles)
- Energizing Eighteen (18.0 miles)
Another 18.0 mile long run under my belt. I feel that much closer to my marathon goal!
I met up with Katy and Kelly at our usual spot at 5:30 AM. Kelly did the full 18.0 with me, and Katy did the first 8.0. I must say – I think my second time tackling 18.0 miles was MUCH easier than the first time!
However, I am experiencing a minor problem with these long runs, and maybe you guys can help me.
The night before a long run, I CANNOT SLEEP. I was so tired last night, and I just laid in bed from 10 PM to midnight, staring at the ceiling and hugging James. Then, when I finally do fall asleep, I wake up every hour… 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and then at 4:15 when my alarm goes off.
The same thing happens to me the night before a race – you’d think after 18 races, I’d be totally over my nerves, but I’m not! And I know that I have no reason to be nervous about my long runs. For some reason, I just cannot sleep soundly. Any ideas? Normally, I just take an over-the-counter sleep aid when I am having trouble sleeping, but I can’t be groggy for a long run.
Anyway, so I got up at 4:15, feeling tired, and made breakfast:
I had a PB bagel with a banana and coffee.
And then I met up with Katy and Kelly. It was sooo gloomy and overcast out – I loved it! The sun didn’t shine for the entire 3:10 hours I was running, which in Florida is a HUGE blessing.
We were chatty Cathys the first few miles and paced about 11:00/miles. Then, we dropped down to 10:00 to 10:30 for the rest of the way. We took about 5 walking/water refill breaks, too.
I took Goo at Mile 8.0 and Mile 14.0. These flavors/brands are highly disgusting. I think I’m going to switch to fruit or Gatorade mixes. I actually gagged getting the PowerBar Gel one down.
Honestly, I hate to jinx myself, but overall the run was pretty easy! I only felt like I was dragging from mile 15.0 to 16.0, and then Kelly started to chant my favorite motivational mantra (“Pain is temporary, Quitting is Forever!”). That made me feel much better. :) I even managed to sprint a little for the last 0.25 mile!
- Duration: 3 hours, 10 minutes
- Distance: 18.0 miles
One of the things Kelly and I talked about during the run was how mileage becomes relative. I know some of you read 18.0 miles and think I’m absolutely insane (I think I’m insane sometimes, too!), but once you start to train for a marathon, 18.0 miles begins to feel attainable. Kelly and I were laughing about how marathons completely skew your perception of a “normal run” or a “long run.”
The marathon is just something I want to be able to say, “I did it.” Once is probably going to be enough! Of course, it’s also a charity run, as I’m raising money for Team in Training in the process. Although marathon training has been really fun, I’m excited to go back to shorter races and stick to one hour, not three hour, long runs! :) In addition to shorter races (like half marathons and 10Ks), I really want to do a triathlon and a full century (100 miles) bike race.
Came home, showered, and made breakfast #2:
I had a wheatgrass shot and an egg and cheese sammie. I need to eat a little more, but I think I’m due for a nap first!
Have a great Friday! 🙂