I DO NOT recommend running a Marathon when you have not trained!!! DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!! I have been running for over 2 years, have decent base mileage built up and know how my body will repond to 20 miles..
I texted Janna to see if she would go 18-20 with me, she quickly agreed and I replied SLOW!! A few of us met at the trail, it was chilly... Our 4 other friends were doing 13 miles and started FAST... Ummmmmm GUYS!!! Back in May I was in shape for that pace over 20, but not yesterday. At mile 3 I told Janna we needed to slow down.
After running with Jill I knew that 10 minute mile pace felt amazing, so I wanted to stick to that. I felt a small blister forming on the arch of my right foot, so at mile 7ish while Janna stretched I used my Scape sunscreen lip balm on the blister I hoped it would act like bodyglide.
The air was crisp not too many people out on the trail. I looked for Sam our Bald Eagle, no luck!! Janna and I talked as time passed. When we hit the halfway point I was getting tired and my stomach was turning. I took a couple Gu's and some Gu Chomps and drank from my 4 bottle Nathan Fuel belt.
I am funning because I LOVE LOVE tights weather, my Sugoi Piston tights came out and kept my circulation going.. I SWEAR the compression helps. Janna was strong and really helped me to stay positive.
Her water bottle was empty, we searched for a spout when I spotted Fox Hollow Coffee, we ran up and Andy quickly filled her bottle. THANKS ANDY! We joked about Andy for a bit and hit the home stretch.. Janna's knee started to hurt, I told her we could stop and walk at mile 18. She said "No one does 18, 18 is crap!" Pretty sure she was kidding, it hurt to laugh.. I was
T-I-R-E-D, everything in me wanted to stop. Suddenly I felt my tiny blister grow....I called it China and Janna laughed. Around mile 19, China exploded, instant relief and my shoe was a pink hue, YUCK. We kept moving, Janna prancing like a pony.
We get VERY LOOPY the last bit of a long run we play a little game where we reafirm how good we feel. Below are some of the things we say to keep going:
-My backside feels awesome
-The wind is at our backs pushing us along.
-My feet feel like I just got a manicure.
-I have so much energy
-20 miles is easy
UGH!! Done, I bent over a bit to look at my foot, BIG MISTAKE, instant blackout.. Sitting in the car felt AMAZING.. I DID IT BRING ON VEGAS!!!!!! Thank you Janna!!
And thank you for the sweaty trip to Starbucks for a nice WARM drink..
- HAPPY MONDAY! It SNOWED last night, and when it snows the city is a monkey mess, so I am home avoiding the ick.
- How was your weekend?
HAVE A GREAT DAY!!