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Marathon Training – 20 Miles

Good morning! Yep, you read that right, this weekend my little legs took me 20 miles! Not exactly what I was planning, and the run itself was actually quite miserable, but I still managed to conquer the distance and now I am feeling even more confident about that 26.2 lurking in the not-s0-far distance!

But first, let me tell you all about my WONDERFUL weekend at home, with NO commitments! I can’t even tell you the last time I had a weekend where literally the ONLY thing I HAD to do, was run.

Friday night after work, I went with some girlfriends to a little thing us Little Rocker’s like to call Holiday House. AKA Christmas/Boutique/Craft/Shopping extravaganza! There were tons of local vendors set up and many from surrounding states selling their cute boutique clothing, or their crafty monogrammed hand-painted barn wood signs, their homemade baby clothes, christmas decorations, etc, and to say it was a bit overwhelming would be an understatement. We conquered the perimeter first, then dove headfirst down each aisle, ooo-ing and aah-ing at all of the cute gift ideas. I stayed strong, snapped a few pics of things I might go back to, picked up some business cards, and came out with just 3 running headbands. Of course. Leave it to me to attend a huge shopping festival and the only thing I buy is somehow running related. They are actually super cute, and I can’t wait to do a review for you!

holiday house 2013 little rock arkansas

Saturday morning I slept in, and by the time I got myself all ready to head to the lake for my long run, (it takes a village you know!) it was almost 11. And strangely, the weather in Arkansas this weekend ranged from about 60-85*! When I started my run it was mid 60’s, so by the time I finished my run I had heated up quite nicely. Ick. Sunday was 85*! Thankfully, it’s a bit chillier this morning so hopefully this funky spell is gone. Ok, so, back to my run. I had to run by Kroger and pick up my Shot Bloks, PowerBar Energy Blasts, and some Gatorade and water bottles, so now let’s put the time at 11:30. I wasn’t planning on starting my run this late, but no changing it now. I think starting a run later than intended can definitely throw you off!

I only had scheduled 18, and was planning on sticking to it. I also was planning on taking it easy, not worrying about my time so much but still trying to stay in the low 9’s, just to be safe. Well, sometimes your runs don’t go exactly as planned! Ugh! If you’ve been following the past few marathon training posts, then you know I’ve been having bad arch problems from my shoes, and I recently ordered a new pair, but unfortunately they didn’t arrive in time for Sat’s run.

Miles 1-4: 8:50, 9:02, 9:14, 9:13

Felt decent, when I slipped from 9:02 to 9:14 it didn’t phase me too much because I knew I was going 18 and shouldn’t worry about slow miles in the beginning, so I decided to try and keep it around this pace and I’d be fine.

Miles 5-8: 9:15, 9:12, 9:13, 9:30

Still felt decent, was ok hovering around 9:15, not a big deal…then mile 8 hit, and I saw 9:30. That’s when my feet really started to bother me, and I felt everything start to fall apart. From here on out each mile dragged on and on and one and I just wanted it to be over. I NEVER feel this way during long runs, so this was reallllly unusual for me. And if you’re a usual reader, then the rest of my splits won’t sound anything like me at all! Seriously, where did these times come from! Oh I know, my throbbing arches that decided to hate me!

Miles 9-12: 9:25, 9:58, 9:47, 10:28

I’m almost embarrassed by these times, but my feet were hurting so bad that I just didn’t even care. I knew my distance is what was the most important and I really shouldn’t be thinking about time. For the race, what’s going to matter most is that my body is used to go going these distances, not necessarily how fast I went them.

Miles 13-16: 9:58, 10:17, 10:30, 11:38

I hit the half marathon point at 2:04:13, which shocked me! I was going so slow but still managed a decent half marathon time. Not sure how that happened. I can’t even believe I saw an 11 something mile flash on my Garmin…wow. It’s okay, just keep going…just keep going. Wait, did a turtle just pass me???

Miles 17-20.1: 10:36, 12:48, 11:23, 10:53, :59

This is when things got interesting. At mile 17 I stopped for a second and paused my Garmin because I was curious of what my overall time was. I then kept going, and a quarter mile later realized I had never started my Garmin back again! BAH! My feet were dyyying by this point and I knew by the time I hit the 18 mile mark, it would really have been 18.25, and I might as well make it 18.5 if anything. Then I decided well, it would only take ONE more lap around the lake to hit 20 miles, so might as well.

And then I did. I ran 20 miles. 20 miles. I. Ran. 20. Miles.

Total time: 3:22:09

marathon training running in arkansas

It wasn’t pretty, and it was god awful slow, but I completed 20 miles, and couldn’t be more proud of myself. I never would have thought I was even capable of going that distance. A few years ago I thought that my heart would literally stop if I ever went that far. If it weren’t for my arches, I could have kept going. My cardio felt great, not out of breathe at all, felt GREAT. But my feet. GAH my feet. I went home immediately and iced the heck out of them. I’m reallllly praying that my new shoes solves this problem. I can’t stand the thought of running my marathon at these times and if my feet hurt like this the whole time I will be miserable! Please please new shoes, be the fix!

It was a real confidence booster too. 20 miles is the farthest you typically train before the actual race day, and it’s the distance that really determines if you can make it to a full marathon or not. (so they say). (I guess I should say if you’re training smart and safe then the farthest you’ll do is a 20). I now have full confidence that I can mentally make it that far, and physically (fingers crossed for better feetsies) make it that far, and on race day I just have to add a 10K on top of it. Or two 5k’s. I have run 6 miles TONS of times, so hopefully on race day I don’t hit “the wall” too hard and can finish strong. I KNOW I am way faster than this, my other long runs show that, and I can’t WAIT to kick butt at my race!

One of the other main reasons I decided to go ahead and do my 20 today was because I’ve learned that it takes me longer to recover than a lot of runners. I’ve always been this way but finally recognized it. I always race and run better when I’ve taken 3 or 4 days off. It just seems to take me an extra day or two for my legs to recover and get back up to par. Long runs are really hard on my small frame, and I’ve finally realized the need for more rest days, and I’m not longer antsy about taking off 3 or 4 days before a race day. I need it. My legs need it. Every runner is different, and that’s what works for me. So since we’re traveling next weekend, I didn’t want to A. put pressure on myself to come back on Sunday and have to knock out a 20 miler and B. if I did do 20 that day, that would be two weeks from my race, and I’m afraid my legs won’t be fully recovered, especially once I add one last long run the next week. I want to be sure my taper is perfect, and I’d rather be extra rested than overworked. I plan on doing 16 or 18 next weekend, then a 5K on Thanksgiving, 10 that Saturday, then marathon the week after.

Saturday night I spent recovering on the couch, watching old episodes of Breaking Bad, Christmas shopping online, and watching my husband furiously try and figure out why half of our Christmas tree’s lights weren’t working. Don’t worry, he’s the man and got it all sorted out ๐Ÿ™‚

Sunday we went to church, then out to lunch to Adam’s new favorite mexican restaurant, Local Lime. Local Lime is a cool, trendy “mexican”-ish place located in a cute outdoor shopping strip in West Little Rock. After we ate, we enjoyed (sweated) the bizarre warm weather, and hit up the new LuLuLemon store! I made my first purchase, and probably could have bought everything in the store as well! It’s so gosh darn expensive, but the quality is amazing!! I can’t wait to buy a few running tops!

lululemon little rock arkansas

I didn’t buy anything too exciting in case you were curious. Just another headband, the “Swiftly Headband.”

lululemon swiftly headband

Sunday afternoon we took Truckee to the lake and let her stretch her legs. I haven’t seen her run like that in weeks! It’s dark when we get home, and it’s been so cold! She was SO HAPPY to run and frolic and and go crazy. Is it lame that it makes me and Adam so happy when SHE’S happy?? We’re such dog parents. Ha.

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I think that about wraps it up! I’m linking up with Katie over at Healthy Diva Life today! Head on over and check out all the other Marvelous posts!

Have you ever had a terrible run? Did you race this weekend? How did it go? Have you put up your Christmas tree yet? (yet…I say that like it’s after Thanksgiving and actually culturally acceptable to do so…)

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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    November 18, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    The boyfriend’s Christmas tree is going up this weekend because he goes straight to deer hunting after Thanksgiving, womp womp. I hope he brings home another deer though, venison is so delicious. And then my tree will go up Black Friday. So I’m curious…do you cook the duck your hubby bags?

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    Kristin @ A Mom on the Run
    November 18, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    My 17-miler was absolutely AWFUL. We all have them and come back stronger!

    I’m SOOO itching to put up my tree, but we’re hosting Thanksgiving so I know I really shouldn’t. It’s on the day after though!!

    Also, I’m a lulu addict — my husband cringes anytime we are close to one because he knows I can’t resist their cute stuff! I love their pace setter skirts!
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    Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama
    November 18, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    Congrats on finishing your first 20 mile run! That’s HUGE!! Especially on such a hot day. You’re going to rock your marathon, lady!

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    November 18, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Slow or not, you still ran 20 miles. Girl, that’s amazing! I had a long weekend in NYC and just got back last night. I definitely wait until after Thanksgiving to put up X-mas decorations and I won’t listen to holiday music before then either!
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    Ashley
    November 18, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    I have that headband ๐Ÿ™‚

    I like it — but it isn’t my favorite for running. I also have quite a bit of hair in my face, so maybe that’s why? But for me I’ve found the only thing that really works for runs are BIC bands, so maybe I’m biased ๐Ÿ™‚ I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything else lulu I have ๐Ÿ™‚

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    BIG P
    November 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    SO BEYOND PROUD OF YOU SIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Ashleigh- Thanks woogs!!!

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    Kelsey @ Blonder Side of Life
    November 18, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Oh jeez, it that’s slow then I’ll never tell you my times lol…To each their own though, I’m so proud of you for getting through that 20miles. Sad to hear your arches just won’t leave you alone though ๐Ÿ™

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

      Kelsey- haha, oh my goodness, everyone’s pace is so different, and everyone has their own “slow” times ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Jenn
    November 18, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Oh, girl. You KNOW I have had a miserably awful run, which led to tears. They happen. But like I say: You can’t have the good without the bad.

    I’m so incredibly proud of you.

    Love your new headband too. Sometimes, you just have to treat yourself.

    And I agree – a later-than-planned start can be the ruination of a run. I really have a hard time when I get a late start and it reflects in my times.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:45 am

      Jenn- Yesss!! So. Miserable!! But you’re right, bad runs are just going to happen! I just happened to finally have one! And thank you thank you!

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    Emily @ More Than Just Dessert
    November 18, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    I am so jealous that the temps are in the 60-80ss for you!! Its starting to get down to the 30s here…BRR! Congrats on the 20 miles, as long as you finish that’s all the matters ๐Ÿ™‚
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Emily- Oh girl, that was a random two day occurrence! We’re back to chilly temps! Arkansas can’t seem to make up its mind!

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    Tara@PNWRunner
    November 18, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    WAY TO GOOOO!!! That is a great accomplishment. I have never ran 20 miles, but I definitely will sometime soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:48 am

      Tara- Thanks! You definitely will!! And you will rock it!

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    Sarah @ making thyme for health
    November 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Amazing job on the 20 miles!! You rocked it girl. I think you deserve all the Lululemon you want. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I don’t have my tree up yet- We always wait until after T-day. I’m excited though, it always makes the house smell heavenly.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:49 am

      Sarah- thanks! I think so too…all the Lululemon in the world would be fabulous!! I usually wait until after Thanksgiving too, I don’t know what got into me this year!

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    November 18, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    Great job on pushing yourself through that 20 miler—that sure isn’t easy! I have that lulu headband in multiple colors and wear it all the time! Scott and I actually went there this weekend to do some Christmas shopping because they had some killer deals.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:52 am

      Katie- Thanks! Awesome!! I’m thinking grey just won’t be enough ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t see too many deals at our location..I’m holding out for post Christmas sales!

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    Elise @ 9toFit.com
    November 18, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I have that headband! And Christmas decorations just put me in a good mood! lol

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Elise- Thanks for stopping by! I agree, Christmas decorations always make everything happier ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Ashley @ Power, Love, and Self-Discipline
    November 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    Love that you only bought running gear. I’m the same way – it’s the only shopping that interests me!
    Way to go on your 20 mile run!!!! I cannot imagine running that far!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:53 am

      Ashley- Haha well of course! You could totally do it, if I can, you can! Just work your way up!!

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    Abby @ Change of Pace
    November 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Way to run!!! 20 miles is incredible; if you did that and felt great cardio wise you’re in perfect shape leading up to the marathon! Hopefully the new shoes are what you need to help those feet!
    Aw- Truckee is so great!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 11:57 am

      Abby- thanks! I’m hoping the shoes are the culprit!!

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    Lorraine
    November 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Great job on your 20 miler! Don’t be embarrassed about your times! I would be so happy if I could run 20 miles in the 10 minute range! Hopefully one day! LuLuLemon is seriously so expensive. I love going into the store, but seriously feel like I am always way out of my league!

    I’m dying to put up my Christmas tree but promised my boyfriend I would wait until after Thanksgiving. We don’t even live together, so I am not really sure why I even agreed to that!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:11 pm

      Lorraine- Thanks! Haha I know, I’m so hard on myself. Lulu is SO expensive!! It blows my mind more often than not. That’s hilarious about your tree…just do it ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Megs @ solerunner
    November 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    WOW!! That is an AMAZING run GIRL!!! You should be SOOO PROUD of yourself!! I know I don’t know you, but I am PROUD of you!!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Megs- Thanks girl!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Bree
    November 18, 2013 at 10:04 pm

    I didn’t know LR had a LuLuLemon store! Cool I need to get down there and check it out!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Bree- Yes ma’am you do!! It’s super nice, I love it!! You would love it as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Amanda
    November 18, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    Wooooo! Congrats on your big 20 miles! That’s so awesome. You did great! How do you like that headband? I love Bondibands and am wondering how it compares. Have you worn Bondibands before?

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Amanda- Thanks Amanda! I love that headband ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s got velvet on one side so it stays put, and there’s an adjustable part on the very back. I do have a Bondiband! I love it!! It keeps me warm, so that’s why I save it for colder runs!

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    Wendy @ All Kinds of Miles
    November 19, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I think it’s easy to look at other people’s times and compare your times or mile splits or whatever it may be, but dang, girl! You just ran TWENTY miles!! That is so amazing in and of itself!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Wendy- That’s very true! I just know what I wanted to run, and then it didn’t happen haha whomp whomp, next time though!! Thank you for the encouragement!

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    Jenn @ Happy Hour Miles
    November 19, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Congrats on 20 miles!
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Jenn- Thank you Jenn!!

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    Matilda
    November 19, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I’m way behind on my blog reading, so I had to skim read this one.

    I just want to say you are doing so well. Far out 20 miles! that’s incredible. Well done girl. My longest workout (which was tough mudder) was just over 3 hours, I couldn’t imagine a 4 hour workout.

    You’ll rock your first full for sure. Keep it up.
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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Matilda- Glad you’re caught up now ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you! I’m anxious to see how this taper stuff goes..I already feel like I’m going to go crazy not running as far!

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    Missy
    November 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Don’t you love a weekend like that!

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      Sweet Miles
      November 20, 2013 at 2:15 pm

      Missy- Yes!! It was SO nice to not be held down with anything!! I need more free weekends for sure, they’re good for the soul ๐Ÿ™‚

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