For some reason along the way I knew that 18 was going to be a big one for me. I mean really I am shooting for 26.2 so why should one 18mi training run be any different than a 14mi run or for that matter shouldn't I be more worried about the 20mi I have coming up in two weeks? I'm not sure why but this was the biggy on my schedule.
Let's get to it. I of course finished it (YAY!) and I just need to say I can't believe I did it as strong and as well as I did. My husband believes in me so much. We were talking last night about the run and his belief in me is amazing. He had NO doubt I would finish strong. I told him that I knew I would get the miles in and I would be ok with walking part of it if I needed to.
I should also mention here this was my very first long run I have run alone since my 10mi long run. That was one of my worst training runs so I also had redemption in the back of my brain as well as fear. Could I do this alone? Did I have the mental chops to get me through all those miles? All that time on my feet? All that time passing people hoping that I finish my run safely...steering clear of anyone who looks shady. I have never been a fearful person, but I don't know what I would do if something happened to me on a long run. I fear for my husband and my children more than for myself. I can take care of me, but who would take care of them if for some reason something happened to me??? How creepy is that? I would be lying if I said I did not worry about that every time I am out running alone now.
So up to this point, my longest run to date was 15mi and that was a toughy! I had to skip my 16mi long run due to illness and the snowshoe re-TREAT. (well worth it) I knew that those three unknown miles might be tough.
So enough of the small talk, let's get to the miles!
Oh one more thing...I re-fell in love with my iPod. I finally got a playlist right and it helped me for sure along the way.
I also ran on a Sunday afternoon which is WAY different than my normal Saturday morning long run routine. I did not know how much it would screw me up by doing this. Luckily-it actually worked out for the good! I'll get to that later but I may be on to something here.
Let's just go BOOM and check out these splits first of all:
Each of these miles meant something to me. This is a true representation of my run. I didn't play Garmin games; I let it run the whole time. When I slowed to walk for a GU and some Nuun, I let it run. I wanted to get a real feel for what my race time might be like. I did however stop my watch just after mile 10 as I ran to the car to refill my water and to munch down a Stinger Waffle (oh how I wish I could carry these all the time) I also did stop the watch sometime in mile 14 due to an iPod malfunction-or rather a user of iPod malfunction.
I felt like I started off smart and slow. I had mellow music; Fleetwood Mac, Maroon 5, you know stuff like that. Now I look at my splits and I was not nearly as slow as I thought I was! I felt good from the start though and I knew it was going to be my day. Of course the rain made an appearance and I was not prepared for that to happen but in the end I was dressed just right for off and on rain. I ditched the jacket and was glad I wear quick drying wicking shirts. Nike pulled through for me today.
Miles 1-4 were pretty uneventful. I did take some time for a prayer and a few thankful words during mile 1. I was then quickly blessed with a bit of sun and that was a nice change. I took a Gu at 4 and moved on. The first turn was at Mile 5 and it felt amazing because the last time I turned at that point it was not good and only got worse.
I continued to check in with my body and I could tell it was all going to work out. I just felt strong. By mile 6 or 7 I was in my zone and my club rappers had started in on the iPod-perfect timing. Oh how I love to hear Flo Rida telling me to get Low. I did start feeling a little low just before mile 8 but a Gu fixed it and I was back to cruise control.
When I got to mile 10 and the car, I was a little nervous. I felt good, but I knew stopping and starting can be really hard. I also just wanted to let the hubs know I was doing ok.
I got back on the horse after a quick stretch and refill and I still felt great! The only issue I seem to be having is chaffing of the sports bra :P I have tried different ones and no amount of body glide seems to solve it. I swear I would spread body glide from head to toe if I thought it would help
|This is from earlier this week. I was healed, but it is even worse today :P|
|I never get my smile right when I take my own pic|
|This is how I celebrate!|