I am not sure how it is already hump day. I still wanted to tell you about my run on Sunday. It was my first 20 miler I have done since…well December 2011. I was training for RNR Arizona. That is where my PR stands and I am hoping to break it in Chicago in less than 6 weeks.
Kara was going to be in town and she is training for a marathon a couple weeks before Chicago. She wanted to do a long run and I said 20 was on the docket. She said PERFECT. She may not have said perfect but something like that. We were meeting at 6:30am. She got to my house and was not feeling great. I had a stomach ache too. Great! We were going to start off good.
We all got a Amphipod hydration kit last weekend for being on the Nuun HTC teams. I wore my new hydration belt. I put it on and it was a little big. When you order them you have to measure around your waist. I didn’t have a sewing tape measure but only a stiff one. It was going to have to do and I was nervous it would be too small or too big. Long story long it was too big but I still wore it. The bottles click into the holders. I had a difficult time when I was just taking the bottles out and filling them with Nuun. I was kind of dreading using it on such a long run but I thought I have to use it sometime!
We set off for a flat 20! We wanted to keep it at 10:30s(ish) minute/miles. We started off a tad too fast but mile 3 we settled into a good pace. We ran and talked and ran and talked. It was so great. Kara and I were training partners through an Ironman, a marathon, and multiple half-marathons. She moved to San Francisco and now we can only virtually run together.
The miles clicked by. At about 9 she was having a bit of a hard time. We saw a friend running at just over 10 so we stopped and chatted with her for a few. We were still good on pace but it was the turn off to go back to my house or to run another 8 out and back. Kara chose to go back.
I was on my own for another 8. It actually was good for me to practice my mental toughness. It was just me and my thoughts. I did some calculating and thought I could run out for 3 more miles and then head home. My quads were starting to feel some fatigue but my mind was actually clear and feeling good.
I got to mile 15 and made the turn around. I kept on my nutrition and hydration. I kept positive. Miles 16, 17, 18, 19 flying by and then mile 20. I was almost home and still feeling relatively good! WTF? My 20 was a 10:02 the fastest mile all day! I really wanted to keep going but I called it quits at 20.2.
I really feel like I have been able to pace myself well and negative split my long runs. I think that is the key to marathon training. I have finally figured it out!
More on the Amphipod. I did not like it when we started. I felt like it was taking forever to get the bottles out and then back in. A long run was definitely not the run to try it out on. After dropping 3 or 4 bottles after about 9 miles I finally got the hang of it. I actually liked it a lot more. You just have to squeeze it and pop it off. Somehow I figured out a good way to pop them back into place.
Overall I was glad I tried it on the long run cause if I had not I probably would have given up and hated it. This way I had time to get used to it and FINALLY figure it out!
Great run!! Thanks Bird Legs for sticking it out 12 miles!
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