Previous marathon training long runs:
- 8.0 is better together
- 10.0 for the win
- 11.0 miles: Attempt #2
- Half Marathon Thursday
- 10.0 Glorious Miles
This morning, I woke up rather early for this weekâ€™s LONG RUN. If youâ€™re wondering why Iâ€™m already running 15.0 miles three months before the marathon, itâ€™s because Iâ€™ve become convinced that my body needs more long, moderate paced runs to properly prepare for 26.2 miles. So, Iâ€™ve added a few weeks into training and mixed in some more stepback weeks so I can do more mid-teen runs.
For some reason, this did NOT sit well in my stomach at all. Maybe because I woofed it down 30 minutes before leaving? Whatever the reason, my go-to breakfast completely failed me this morning. I felt like I had rocks in my gut for the first three miles!
I ran about a mile and met up with my friend Emma, who was tackling 12.0 miles today. I was quite happy to have a running buddy.
All in all, the run was rather uneventful (until the end). My stomach evened out, we maintained a steady pace, and I refueled halfway through by stopping at a gas station to buy some Gatorade.
I dropped Emma off when I got to Mile 13.0 and then I continued on my merry way.
Thatâ€™s when I ran into:
General the Angry Dog! Well, he wasnâ€™t so angry at first. I spotted him in a residential neighborhood. An older lab (I kept calling him Marley & Me), General was dragged around his leash. I was SO concerned that the owner had fainted on the sidewalk, and General had left him. Itâ€™s one of my personal goals to never walk away from a situation that I can help in, so I grabbed Generalâ€™s leash (he growled) and made him run back to my houseâ€¦ Plus, if someone found Maggie or James, I would want them to try to find me!
For an old dog, General was a good runner! Totally reaffirmed my commitment to having a big dog that I can run with one day.
Anyway, we got back to the house around Mile 14.2, and I very carefully grabbed his collar so I could read his rabies tag and call the vet for the ownerâ€™s phone number. General had a bit of a freak-out (turns out heâ€™s blind!) and tried to bite me, but he only really snagged my shirt.
While I waited for the owner to show up, my legs started to lock up, and I became VERY hungry! Once General left with his dad, I decided to do a quick jaunt around my block to round up to 15.0 miles. What can I say â€“ Iâ€™m anal about numbers. 🙂
- Distance: 15.0 miles
- Duration: 2:35
- Average Pace: 10:23
Inhaled a tofu, two-cheese, spinach, and corn salsa stir-fry on flatbread:
Got a ton of work done (wahoo!) and then I joined the Husband for Introduction to Yoga at our studio. This was a great class for him to attend. Very step-by-step. And truthfully, after 15.0 miles, it was all I could handle, too! My muscles feel a lot better after getting stretched out.
Pre-yoga snack was Greek yogurt, raw oatmeal, pecans, and blueberries.
Bet you know what Iâ€™m about to doâ€¦ EAT more food!