As you know, this past Saturday was my first 16 mile run, ever!
It went…well it kept going and going and going to be honest. But overall, it went well, and my only complaints stem from the last two miles. It was a great confidence booster knowing that I could physically make it a half marathon PLUS a 5K, and the thought of just adding 2 more miles this Saturday doesn’t sound quite so bad anymore!
Let me break it down for you.
Instead of doing my long run first thing Saturday morning, bright and early, I opted to sleep in and rest since I know that’s what I needed most. This girl was more than thrilled to do the same since we had some extra space in the bed 🙂
Adam was gone camping all weekend so I had all the time in the world on Saturday to get myself to the lake, run around it 8 times, and come home and crash for the night. Yes, you read that right. The loop around our lake is 2 miles, and I ran it 8 times. Before you think I’m crazy, consider this: thinking to yourself “8 more laps…7 more laps…6 more laps…” sounds A LOT less daunting than “16 more miles…15 more miles…14 more miles…” Long runs are a mind game, and I refuse to let them win! Plus since Adam was out of town I felt safer doing a long run closer to home.
I took Nicole’s advice, and tried not to focus so much on my pace as much. I slowed things down, and tried my best to hover around a 9 minute mile instead of trying to stay under a 9 minute mile. It was almost impossible for me to hold myself back and not let my Garmin get the most of me, but the end goal is to FINISH my marathon (all be it in a decent time), NOT get injured, and NOT screw over my feet and knees for the rest of my life because I am dead set on maintaining a certain pace. Maybe for my second marathon I’ll push it a little bit more, but since I have no idea how my body will physically hold up, I want to make sure I have some gas left in the tank for the higher miles!
I stayed hydrated, and fueled every 2 miles, even continuing to fuel and hydrate on my way home. I switched between Shot Bloks, PowerBar Energy Blasts, Gatorade (thanks to some genius recommendations!), and water.
Here’s how it went down:
Miles 1-5: 8:56, 9:01, 9:03, 9:11
Miles 5-8: 8:57, 9:05, 8:59, 9:05
Miles 9-12: 9:03, 9:18, 9:12, 9:08
Miles 13-16: 9:14, 9:27, 9:55, 10:48
9:55? 10:48? Yikes! I haven’t seen those times in a LONG time! I was so frustrated because my cardio felt fine, I wasn’t out of breath at all, I wasn’t tired, but my feet hurt SO BAD I was almost in tears. Miles 15 and 16 were a bit of a struggle and when I finished I was so mad and concerned why my feet were screaming at me. I thought, “there is absolutely no way I can add 10 more miles with my feet hurting like this!” I’ve never wished for a mile to be over so bad as I was wishing mile 16 was over. I got in my car and went home and immediately started to ice my arches and feet and figure out why they had failed me those last two miles!
DING DING DING DING DING DING
I NEED NEW SHOES! Hellerrrr, the ones I’ve been running in I got LAST fall, raced my spring half marathon in them, raced all summer in them, raced the half a few weeks ago in them, and I was convinced that they were still fine and in good enough shape to make it through my marathon. Definitely not. Thanks to one of my best friends back home who’s studying to be a PT, who pretty much hit me upside the head via text messaging, she convinced me that my problem really was lying in my shoes and I needed to order a new pair ASAP so I could break them in before the marathon. Ok, ok, Tonya, you win 🙂
So, today I pulled the trigger on the newest version of my current running shoes, the Brooks Ravenna 4’s in White/Tile Blue/Lime
Aren’t they pretty? My Sweat Pink pink shoelaces that I’ve been saving for a new pair of shoes will look lovely and flashy on these bad boys! I’ve got 4 weeks until race day to break them in, and I think if I do it wisely I should be fine!
Guys, I don’t know if it’s because I’m a first time marathoner, or if it’s in my head, but they aren’t joking when they say running a MARATHON versus a HALF-MARATHON are two completely different ball games! Let’s be real, if you can run 7-8 miles without dying, you can more than likely complete a half-marathon fine and dandy. But a marathon I’ve learned, takes waaaaaay more preparation! I hate that I’ve already slacked off a little during my training, but I can’t believe how much harder it is on your body, exponentially, just adding a mile or two on top of 13.1! I almost feel like for every mile you add on top of 13.1, your body thinks you’ve added 5! It’s also possible my body feels this way because I’m piggy backing marathon training right off of an intense half marathon training, have now technically run 3 half marathons plus some in just 3 weeks (something my feetsies definitely have never experience), I have no idea what to expect and my body is asking me “what the heck are you doing to me??” I can’t wait to get #1 out of the way, so when I train for #2 I’ll have so much more knowledge and know what to expect at each mile! The big 18 is this weekend, and my 20 is the week after that…I can’t even imagine running 20 miles, but to think how much closer I will be to 26.2 is so exciting!!!
And now for some motivation from a marathoner who knows her stuff!
Blogger Feature: Fit Life Forward
I came across Kayla’s blog about a week ago because we are both Sweat Pink Ambassadors. Let me tell you, this girl is awesome! I always love finding new running blogs because it’s a fun and easy way to get inspired and there are so many runners out there that you can look up to! I asked her if she would be willing to answer a few questions and be featured on my blog, and she gladly said yes! So without further ado, meet: Kayla Moothart! She blogs over at Fit Life Forward so be sure and check her blog out when you leave here!