6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Don't try this at Home

Since June I have not put in Marathon mileage.. I have run 16 and 18 milers here and there with my buddies, but mostly my long runs have been 10-13 milers.. So when I SPONTANEOUSLY signed up for the Rock N Roll Las Vegas Marathon early December I knew I needed to test myself at the distance.

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?



Tricia said...

crazy girl ;)

Happy Thanksgiving!

Terri said...

Wow - that was quite a run! :)

Anonymous said...

wowza. what a run.

and don't run a marathon when not trained? eeeeep. i signed up for my most recent one 5 weeks out. i don't feel trained ;) fingers crossed! hahaha

Leah F said...

Thanks to the fact that I'm currently sidelined due to a nasty case of plantar fasciitis it's looking like I'll be running the half at Rock n Roll AZ ridiculously undertrained. I'll be feeling your pain.

Also, I ran the Las Vegas half last year. It's a great event. Best of luck and have fun!!

Eryn said...

That is SO awesome. Way to get after it!

racing dawn said...

isn't so great when you can just pull a long run out of nowhere - even if it is a little painful... :) nice work - good luck in vegas - hopefully no snow! :)

Jess @ Blonde Ponytail said...

Good job Mel! We got slammed with snow today too! :(

Robin said...

Yowza what a run! Good luck in Vegas!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Glad you got some relief from China exploding but Ouch!! You rock. Good luck in Vegas. Must feel good to do something crazy. :) Weekend was great...we put up our Christmas tree early and love it! :)

Marlene said...

You are such a trooper! Yay for running friends to help us when we need it.

Crazy that you have SNOW!

abbi said...

Great job getting through the 20 miles

{will run for margaritas} said...

Great run. I have a tendency to get really bad blisters - so my favorite was: my feet feel like they just got a manicure! :-) I'll have to remember that the next time I do long run and my feet hurt like a mo-fo!

Carly said...

You will do great! I have run a marathon with no training....still paying for it but it was still worth it!

Caroline said...

Great job!
I hope one day I can write these words together like you did

20 miles easy!!!

Aimee said...

What a fun post! I'm glad the 20 miler went well! You're going to do great in Vegas!!

Emz said...



Anonymous said...

Can't wait to hear about Vegas... you're gonna rock it...

But what's up with the blister??? Ick!

Katie A. said...

Whoo hoo! Nice work lady! I didn't know you're doing Vegas! Is it the 5th? We'll be running together in sync!
Have a great week! Enjoy the snow!

Unknown said...

You're amazing! Great job with the run (hope that blister heals fast!)

ShutUpandRun said...

You've got such a solid base you'll do better no matter what, even if you have to take it a bit slower.

Michelle said...

Vegas here you come! Can't wait to hear how it goes!

Christina said...

You should change your blog name to
Tall Super Mom!

Lisa said...

Sounds like that was the kind of run you really needed! Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better about Las Vegas! We'll all be rooting for you!!

Julie @ HotlegsRunner said...

12 days 'til vegas! I'm so excited! You'll be fine Tall Mom. But I agree, must not try at home =)

Unknown said...

Vegas is suppose to be an awesome event; you won't want to stop running.
You've definitely got the experience to take you through those miles - as long as you're not trying it at home.

5 Miles Past Empty said...

I'm not sure how I missed this!? Great job! And 10 min pace sounds GOOD to me!! =) And yes, I agree that 18 miles is crap! That is why I did 18.64...which is even MORE CRAP! =)

See you in a week!!

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