Sunday I ran my last long run until the NJ Marathon, and I knew I wanted to make it count. I had a lot of anxiety leading up to this long run. In fact, when I went out Saturday for an “easy” 8 mile run, I came home defeated. It was probably the slowest I had felt during the whole training schedule. For those 8 miles on Saturday, I actually understand the meaning of “my legs felt heavy” because they did (see photo below). I thought there was no way I was going to make it 22 miles on Sunday.
This little gem of a photo is from the Behind the Stands video. Hysterical BTW.
Sunday came around, and I barely slept the night before. I don’t know if I was excited or “sleepless nights” is now becoming a thing in my life. (Is that what happens when you get older??)
While Saturday was a bad run, Sunday was a new day. I knew I HAD to run 22 miles.
I laid out my outfit, my fuel, running shoes, and breakfast the night before.
I woke up at 6:10 am, and at 6:25 am, I was out the door. It took my Garmin 25 minutes to “locate satellite”. ..so I started running around 6:50 am.
Here are my splits:
Instead of giving you a mile play-by-play, I thought I would summarize the 22 Mile run into – What Worked and What Didn’t Work.
1. Having the More/Fitness Half in the middle of 22 miles (Garmin: Miles 6 – 19 Above). This was a HUGE confidence booster. My entire goal for the Half on Sunday was to keep a Sub-2 pace. I ended up running the More/Fitness Half in 1:59…after running 6 miles before!! Goal achieved.
It’s amazing that just a couple of weeks ago, I didn’t know if I could run a Sub-2 Half Marathon in general, but now I can do it after running 6 miles!!!!! Crazytown. AND I didn’t feel like I was running my fastest pace during the Half. I was taking it easy, and chatting with other runners in the race. I was having fun!
2. Athleta Shorts. This was the first time that I tried this shorts, and I loved them. They worked perfectly. Finally I know what I am going to wear for the marathon. Call me a Grandma, but I love wearing LONGER shorts to run.
3. Fueling. After I stopped running, I wrote down in my iPhone my fueling plan during the run since my stomach wasn’t upset at all (a huge miracle that I wish I saved for May 6th). Also, looking over this “snack schedule”…Did I eat or did I run? What can I say…I like to snack!
- Mile 3: Nuun (mini water bottle stuffed in my bra. Idea from Celia)
- Mile 4.5: Mocha Clif Bloks
- Mile 6: Water
- Mile 10: Apple/Banana-sauce (1/2 a packet)
- Mile 11 – Water (preparing my stomach for the Blok)
- Mile 12: Mocha Clif Blok (1/2) & Water
- Mile 18: Mocha Clif Blok & Water
- Mile 20: Apple/Banana-sauce (1/2)
4. Seeing friends on the course. Probably the best moment of the More/Fitness Half race was when Stephanie tapped me on my shoulder, and then immediately after we both ran into Amanda. My smile when I saw both of them was from ear to ear. Running with both of them definitely made the time & miles go by faster. Also, I met Ellen on the course (who has been reading this blog)…she told me I was going to crush the NJ Marathon! Hey Ellen, want to be my new best friend? K? Thanks! Full disclosure, Ellen, I’m super moody and I have lots of drama in my life.
Anyway, after crossing the finish line, I turned around to run (please note: I still have 3 miles left to run in the 22 miler) to find Stephanie or Amanda finishing, but I must have just missed them. I DID run into Leticia (who was crushing it), so I ran with her for a mile until she finished.
It was just great running with people that I knew!
5. Compression Socks. Even though it was a billion degrees outside, I still love wearing my compression socks on long runs. It might be a psychological thing at this point, but I really feel like they make a difference. Compression socks FTW!
What Didn’t Work:
1. Wearing arm warmers. Yes, I’m an idiot. Temparatures in the 70s and I think arm warmers are a good idea? BUT they did match my headband (priorities people). Anyway I wore them for the first mile, but then I have to take them off because I was dying of heat stroke. (Told you I was dramatic, Ellen.)
2. Under Armour T-Shirt. I’ve worn this shirt before on short runs, but never a long run. After the long run, I determined it was way too itchy for the marathon. So I need some suggestions on shirts for the NJ Marathon?
22 Miles DONE! PEACE.
What you should expect from this blog in the next couple of weeks:
1. Lots of me freaking out
2. Tapering like its my job (running less miles = yes please)
3. Weather reporting
4. Maybe a Dating Post. Because if I’m not running, I guess I have time to date. And who doesn’t want to date a runner while they are tapering?
Also, a big CONGRATULATIONS TO Laura who crushed her FIRST Half Marathon this weekend!!