Previous long runs for Marathon Training:
- One Way Ticket to Double Digitland (10 miles)
- Eleven with the Ladies
- A Hellish Half Marathon
- Fabulous Fourteen
I can’t believe I ran 16 miles this morning! This is officially my longest run to date. :) My previous personal distance record was 15.4 miles at the Croom’s Fools Run.
My pre-run meal was two pieces of PB toast with a 1/2 a banana:
I ran with Megan. We met up around 5:30 AM and decided to take a very casual approach to our long runs (she did 13.1). I carried a water bottle and we looped back to the car several times to refill, take Goo packets, or stretch. I’m starting realize that I don’t need to feel pressured to run my long runs at a certain pace – the mileage is the priority.
When we met, it was quite dark outside. Time for self-timer shenanigans!
Annnnnd then we were OFF!
The run itself was pretty uneventful, but fun. Megan and I chatted about work, school, boys, Halloween, the marathon, blogging, and more. It’s nice to have someone to keep your mind off the distance!
My stomach felt off the entire time, but I did take two packets of Goo around Mile 8 and Mile 11:
We made this vlog (video blog) at a water stop around Mile 11:
Yes… I say “Holler” in real life. 🙂
Megan dropped off around Mile 12.5 to loop back to the car, and then I was by myself. Not going to lie – that’s when it got HARD! My legs were getting so sore and my pace started to drop. I felt it the most in my butt – the back of my thighs felt like they were on fire!
At Mile 14, I swore to myself that I would not take any walking breaks, even if I was just slowly shuffling along.
Whenever I wanted to stop, I started to repeat some of my favorite mantras:
- Pain is temporary, quitting is forever.
- Pain is weakness leaving the body.
- I am a machine, I am a machine, I am a machine.
But by Mile 15.75, my only thought was “It’s going to be over soon. It’s going to be over soon. It’s going to be over soon!”
I managed to “sprint” the last 0.1 mile at a 9-minute mile pace. Woo hoo for a little extra effort! :) Here’s my statistics:
- Duration: 2:49:58
- Distance: 16.0 miles
- Mile 1: 10:55
- Mile 2: 10:21
- Mile 3: 10:09
- Mile 4: 10:24
- Mile 5: 10:36
- Mile 6: 10:46
- Mile 7: 10:33
- Mile 8: 10:35
- Mile 9: 10:30
- Mile 10: 10:25
- Mile 11: 10:19
- Mile 12: 10:32
- Mile 13: 10:57
- Mile 14: 10:58
- Mile 15: 11:06
- Mile 16: 10:57
When I got home, I realized that my sports bra had inflicted TERRIBLE burns around my chest!
This did NOT happen to me during the 14 miler last week. I’ve been using Body Glide around my ribcage and in between my breasts, but I guess I need to coat my entire upper chest with it. Is it weird that I’m more scared of chafing during the marathon than the actual running 26.2 miles part? I’m so prone to chafing!
Banana oatmeal with pumpkin pie on top! Because, if there’s any day I can get away with that, it’s today. 🙂
My oatmeal contained:
- 3/4 cup oatmeal
- 3/4 cup water
- 3/4 cup milk
- 1 sliced banana
- Toppings: mini pumpkin pie and flax
Off to recover!
PS – When I think about the fact that my first run consisted of jogging 1/4 mile and collapsing in a heap on the sidewalk, wheezing “I can’t do this!” – I am floored. You can do anything you put your mind to!