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!
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
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 🙂
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!
I didn’t buy anything too exciting in case you were curious. Just another headband, the “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.
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…)