August 8, 2013

My Journey to 26.2: The Long Runs (007)

A few weeks ago, I ran my longest run ever. Like since I was born, ever. Kind of crazy when you think about it. I was surprised with how well I handled it, mentally speaking. My legs felt like lead bricks for the last 2-3 miles but that was ok. I just kept moving. 3 more miles, 2 more miles, 1 more mile, 0.1 more….the mileage ticked down slowly but surely. And when it was all over, my legs and feet ached but the sense of pride that I felt was unparalleled.

I keep thinking about the fact that every time I head out for a long run, this will be the case…that is, it will be the longest I’ve ever run. This weekend, I tackle 17, and then 19 and then 20 and then 21 and then 23-24. Those are miles, as in the unit of measure we use for cars and other automobiles. When I think about it, I concurrently feel dread and excitement. These miles will likely include some pain and fatigue (both mental and physical), but after conquering 15 with a smile, I’m ready.

It’s been a long time since I’ve worked through a distance record for long training runs – not since training for the 2011 Princess Half Marathon, have I been in this spot. But it was time. I’m ready for the challenge and look forward to sharing more as I start to tick off higher mileage.

Any tips for these long runs?
{Christine}

17 comments:

  1. I just wrote a similar blog post last night, as I'm training for my first full - WDW in January (well, and my first half - W&D in November).

    I have my longest run to date (11 miles) on the docket this Saturday, 13 in a couple of weeks, then 15, etc.

    I'm a few weeks behind you, so I have no suggestions...but I'm glad you posted and will certainly be following along.

    Keep up the good work!

    Pete

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    1. Thanks Pete - I love hearing other runner's stories about these long runs. I find them far more mentally challenging than physically.

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  2. Woo hoo! GO CHRISTINE! Isn't it just crazy when you stop and think about it?! What plan are you using that has you going up to 23-24? Just curious because not many go that high. I went to 20 for my first marathon and 22 for my second (only because I felt pretty good at 20 so wanted to see how 2 more felt!).

    Keep up the good work, you are going to kick butt at MCM!

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    1. Thanks girl! I'm doing the Galloway plan for my long run mileage and mid-week runs from Run Less, Run Faster (well, mostly...)

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    2. Gotcha, I used the Galloway plan for my first 2 marathons, but I skipped the crazy long runs since no one else recommend them. Hope to see you at DL & MCM!

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  3. Way to go, Christine!! You are doing great! When we talk about running distances at work, my co-workers will say..."oh my goodness, that's the distance from here to _____!" (a town that's about 20 miles away). It's really crazy when you think about it! Keep up the awesome work!

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    1. Same here! How funny, right? Hard to believe we run that!

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  4. Be positive - enjoy the skyline and the changes in scenery :)

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  5. You are doing SO great! When I see the mileage you've done and will be doing it both scares me and motivates me to want to do a full as well!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. It took me a long time to get mentally prepared for a full. I'm glad I waited until I could handle the mileage a bit better.

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  6. That's awesome! I remember how I felt the first time, well, I ran any mileage, but especially double digits! Finishing 15 miles with a smile is very impressive. Good luck with all your new landmark runs and good luck with your marathon! :)

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    1. Thanks Kellie - appreciate your kind words! :)

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  7. Good work!!!! You are doing amazing!
    I am not yet to that phase and I can't imagine that long of a run!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! It's challenging, but very rewarding

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  8. Congratulations! When you were planning out your route, did you have that moment where you realize that everything's actually really close together?

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  9. I like to change up my running playlist before long runs, and maybe add a new song or two into the mix. I have also learned to make sure I'm aware of refill stations (water fountains) on my route, after missing one and running out of H2O on my last 16miler. I'm currently running intervals for runs beyond 13.1, so RunKeeper chiming in my ear for intervals and 5min recaps keeps me slightly entertained too. As I continue to train and improve, I may increase my interval times and or drop them all together, maybe. Even though I finished the 20th Anniversary WDW Marathon, this is my first time training for a marathon so I'm new to all of this myself.

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