Previous marathon training long runs:
Today, I woke up with one goal in mind: bang out 13.1 miles for marathon training. Unfortunately, when I dragged my booty out of bed and looked outside, it was absolutely monsooning. I checked weather.com, which assured me the rain would stop soon, so I decided to hold off a bit.
Pretty standard pre-long run fare: peanut butter and 1/2 a banana on toast. Everyone has a different pre-run meal that works for them, and I absolutely cannot go wrong with this combo.
Once the rain stopped around 8 AM, I headed out.
One major mistake that I think Iâ€™ve been making during training is going out TOO FAST. When my music is bumpinâ€™ and Iâ€™m feeling good about the distance, I tend to leave with house with a bang, averaging 9:30/miles. But truthfully, that is way too fast for me for long runs. I read the other day on Runnerâ€™s World that your long runs should probably be 30 seconds to 1:30 slower than your anticipated race pace. Slower long runs = more time on your feet.
I donâ€™t want to set a â€œgoalâ€ for my upcoming marathon (I think it creates unnecessary pressure for a distance that is already pressure enoughâ€¦ if I finish smiling, Iâ€™ll be thrilled), but it wouldnâ€™t hurt to run 10:30. So today I tried to maintain a 10:30 to 11:30/mile with walking breaks, which I took about once a mile.
Around Mile 5, I stopped by my house to refill my water bottle and eat some small oranges.
Ugh â€“ the acidity did NOT sit well in my stomach. I think I can handle an orange slice or two, but not two whole pieces of fruit.
I also changed my sports bra and shirt because I was absolutely dripping wet with humidity and beginning to chafe all over the place (ah, chafingâ€¦ one aspect of marathon training that I did NOT miss â€“ Iâ€™ve tried everything and nothing works for me).
The last few minutes were pretty mentally and physically rough. I started to play little games like, â€œJust run to that lamp postâ€ or â€œEnvision youâ€™re crossing a finish line!â€
I also blasted my â€œpower songâ€ (The Killerâ€™s â€˜All The Things That Iâ€™ve Doneâ€™), which always reminds me of my exhilarating but terrifying Olympic triathlon (recap) because I used the song in my video recap of the event:
All I could think was, â€œIf I can get through that triathlon from hell, I can get through this silly training run!â€
And thenâ€¦ suddenly, I was done!
- Distance: 13.1 miles
- Duration: 2:20 (in comparison, I can run a Half Marathon race is 1:58)
- Mile 1: 10:12
- Mile 2: 9:53
- Mile 3: 10:52
- Mile 4: 10:48
- Mile 5: 10:20
- Mile 6: 10:24
- Mile 7: 11:05
- Mile 8: 11:25
- Mile 9: 11:04
- Mile 10: 10:58
- Mile 11: 11:05
- Mile 12: 11:29
- Mile 13: 10:18
- Mile 13 â€“ 13.1: 56 seconds; 9:38 pace
Came home and inhaled a Green Monster:
In the mix: 1 cup almond breeze, 1/2 a banana, 15 cherries, Nesquik, 2 tablespoons brown rice protein powder, and 2 cups of raw spinach.
And then a little later, I made a great big roasted veggie salad:
In the mix: 1 cup quinoa, roasted Brussel sprouts, kidney beans, butternut squash, and feta cheese. â€˜Twas delish!
I actually ate this delicious dinner while talking on Skype to my old high school friend, Ali! We fell out of touch but are re-connecting electronically. So fun!
And then I pulled a great big disappearing act on you because I had to go SELL MY CAR! Which was quite the process, but Iâ€™m pleased with the outcome. Our decision to sell our car was based in part on your responses to this post, so I really appreciate your advice!
Ate an AllieBar at the mechanics!
And then came home and had 1/2 cup oatmeal, Greek yogurt, blueberries, and chia seeds. I am quite hangry after running all that distance!
I have quite the hot date planned for tonight! Very excited.
What mind games do you play during long and hard workouts? Do you recall past triumphs? Tell me about it, I love to hear about your successes!!