This weekâ€™s long run was suppose to be 18 miles (per the training plan I created for myself) but I kind of always knew that it would really be a 20 miler. After all, Iâ€™m only 3 weeks out from my marathon, and itâ€™s pretty much now or never!
For my first (and only) marathon, Megan and I ran our 20 miler in 3:27:48, but that number is kind of deceiving because we really pushed it the last 5 miles (not a maintainable race day pace). Realistically, it was more like 3:32 or so. And of course, around Mile 18 of the actual Disney Marathon, my pace completely fell apart, climbing as high as 13:55/mile.
But today was SO different. With a little help from Nicole and Emma, I smashed 20 miles in 3:25:34 â€“ an average pace of 10:17!
(Side note: Emmaâ€™s trophy is because 1) sheâ€™s awesome and 2) she won it at the Half Marathon were suppose to do together a few weekends ago, but Jen gave it to me to give to her because she missed the award ceremony.)
(In case you canâ€™t tell, thatâ€™s a painting of Nicole and I! Hehe)
Honestly, I feel like I borrowed someone elseâ€™s body for this 20 mile run. I felt so ridiculously strong the entire time. I took walking breaks every now and then, but at no point did the run feel like torture. <– Evidence that Iâ€™ve been fueling right and treating my body well! Good 20 mile runs do NOT happen on accident.
I ran the first three miles with Nicole, and then Emma joined up to do 12 with me (her marathon is in December). I was alone with my iPod for the last 5 miles, but it was fine! I actually relished being able to pop my earbuds in and just zone out.
I took walking breaks when I wanted to up until Mile 15, but then I started to walk/run with regularity. Every mile, I took a 0.05 mile walking break, but it didnâ€™t impact my overall pace at all.
Newer runners â€“ donâ€™t ever let someone telling you that you arenâ€™t â€œallowedâ€ to walk. Walking is the bomb! Repeat after me: It is OK to walk!
Pre-run snack was the usual PB sandwich with a banana:
Mid-run fuel included about 200 calories of Gatorade and a bag of dates, which actually worked out quite well.
- Distance: 20 epic miles
- Duration: 3:25:34
- Average Pace: 10:17
Came home, ordered Thai food, showered, and then walked to get Thai. Yes, walking to get Thai food after running 20.0 miles is kind of a sick joke on your legs. But the place is sooo close to my house that getting into the car felt like a waste of time.
No, Thai food. Thank you.
Wonderful bowl of Tofu Pad Thai with extra veggies, extra sauce, and a spring roll on the side. More food will be going inside my belly as soon as there is room!
Feeling on Cloud 9â€¦ Marathon, here I come! Only 3 weeks to go!
(If anyone else is going the Spinx Marathon, Half, or 5K, e-mail me! Iâ€™m organizing a pre-race meet-up!)