You can read about the 15 miler here, but here’s the CliffsNotes version:
This was a chance to redeem myself after the epic post-Norovirus failboat that was my 15 miler 2 weeks ago. I’m happy to report that where everything went nauseatingly wrong during that run, everything went so SO right for my 18 mile long run on Saturday. From the playlist choices, to my fueling and clothing decisions, to the temperature outside, it was perfect.
It’s probably a good thing that I went wine tasting on Friday because I was able to relax a little bit. I had been keyed up and nervous about this run for days. 18 miles was 3 miles farther than the farthest distance I’d ever attempted. I would have still been stressed even if everything hadn’t gone so poorly before.
My alarm went off at 4:50 am and after I got ready to go I would have 3 hours to complete the run. I mapped out a new route that would take me through some areas I don’t often travel in the hopes that it would keep it interesting, and studied it the night before. I didn’t want to look at my watch at all while I ran, but rather stick to a pace that felt comfortable and hopefully something I’d be able to maintain during my race. For the first time ever, I was running with water and rather than only carrying GU, I had one of my new favorite lemon vanilla Luna bars along for the trip. Also for the first time ever, I decided that for the first part of the run I wasn’t going to listen to music. Instead:
STAND UP COMEDY. I’m not even kidding you, this was the BEST IDEA EVER. That album lasted for the first 8 miles and something about listening to someone being hilarious rather than music playing kept me a lot more calm and focused, plus it was fun to laugh while I was running.
Anyway, the run itself was largely uneventful. I ran. I drank. I ate. I felt awesome. As I mentioned, I mapped a new route to keep things interesting and it was definitely interesting in the way of some surprise steep hills that I never knew existed. I was successful in not checking my pace at all the entire run, which I know helped immensely. When I look at my watch too often I start over-analyzing how fast I’m going and feel crushed under whatever distance I have left. And then I freak out and ugly cry on the side of the road like Teen Mom Farrah. This time I knew where I needed to go so I just ran.
My legs started to get seriously fatigued right around mile 15. I had to stop at a traffic light and I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get them moving again, but I did and luckily the rest of my trip would have only green lights. I finished as pain-free as I could have hoped for after running that long. My tendon didn’t give me any trouble, but as the day went on I started hurting in the side of my right foot. I’m pretty sure it’s a result of breaking in my new shoes and it still doesn’t feel great, but it’s definitely better.
No ugly cry for me this time, but I did tear up a little when I was finished. I was just so happy to be done and that it had gone SO well. My legs were exhausted, but mentally I felt that I could have kept going and going. I’ll take that as a good sign.
And these…these I am SO proud of:
I am ecstatic about those splits and even more ecstatic that I ran them blindly. I don’t think my timing could have been much better if I had looked at my watch. (It probably would have been a lot worse!) I’ll be tackling my 20 miler in two weeks with the same exact plan (different comedian!) and then two weeks after that? I’m running a marathon, y’all.
Have you ever listened to stand up comedy on a run? Who is your favorite comedian? (If I’m going to fill up the time I’ll be running 26.2 miles, I’m going to need some suggestions!)
Also today…A WINNER! Someone is about to receive a roll of KT Tape in the color of your choice and I’ll be over here totally jealous because I’m about to run out of mine. Special thanks to the awesome folks at KT Tape for helping me out with this cool giveaway and thanks to everyone that entered too!
THE WINNER IS:
Congratulations, Rachel! I’ll be emailing you in just a minute so that I can coordinate your prize!
Happy Disney Marathon Sign Up Tuesday, everyone! I hope your day is as amazing as you are!