September 25, 2013

Journey to 26.2: Twenty! (011)

Another milestone en route to 26.2....the twenty mile training run!  You know I did 19 a few weeks ago, so this was really not much different.  Just one more mile.  But for those that have crossed the double-digit-run-that-starts-with-the-number-2, you know the mental weight that comes with this run.  It ain't easy, yo!

It wasn't my best run.  It wasn't filled with excitement and happiness like my 19 miler was.  On the contrary, it was filled with grey skies, a questionable rumbling in my tummy and a lack of excitement.  Oh yea, my Garmin also died and I was hating any type of fuel I tried to get down.  Oh and one more thing...I spent Saturday afternoon and evening at "Ribtoberfest" fueling on bbq and beer.  Great combo, huh?

For nearly four hours, it was a bit tough to stomach, literally and metaphorically speaking.  A few years ago, I would have quit.  But there was no quitting on Sunday.  I was in robot mode.  There was no question in my mind that I was going 20 miles if I had to crawl.  I made my way to the gym when the Garmin died and found some water waiting in a friend's mailbox for me.  It was cold and refreshing and an instant pick-me-up.

And while I was all alone on the road that morning, I was reminded that I have an amazing support system who have helped me make it all of the miles.  I have my local buddies who always call and offer to go out for a jumbo meal post-run or listen to me drone on and on about my latest mileage or lament my achy quads.  And then there are my virtual running buddies.  It was awesome knowing that Danielle and Lisa were also out for their twenty milers in preparation for Marine Corps just like me on Sunday morning.  We traded encouraging texts and tweets.  It's so great to have those people, even if we all live hundreds of miles away.

The funniest part of the whole thing...Lisa posted something on Facebook on Monday about "it takes a village" for marathon training and I kept telling myself that for my last 6-8 miles on Sunday.  Apparently our brains have started functioning on a similar wavelength with all the running!

Have you ever broken through a big mileage barrier, physical or mental?

{Christine}

12 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I find it's always luck of the draw how well my long run will go but as long so congrats on sticking it out and finishing.

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  2. Congrats!! 20 is such an accomplishment! I have a 20 miler looming in the month of October and I feel like I've been mentally preparing for weeks! :-)

    Great job and great post!

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  3. Way to go Christine! 20 miles is huge!

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  4. Big Congrats!!! Your doing Awesome with your training!

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  5. Congratulations! A 20 miler is no laughing matter. Great job- you're going to rock the MCM!

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  6. You are simply AMAZING!!!!!!!! What an inspiration! I just did my first 5k. I was very proud of myself. I did mostly run/walk but I did it. TO see what you are doing is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. You are doing great with your training! You are such an inspiration! Eeek, Marine corps is getting so close!

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  8. It was definitely nice to have the support / "company" on this long run! Can't wait till MCM!

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  9. You are doing such an awesome job! I cannot believe how close the race is getting for you!!

    Also, your journey to marathon posts have really inspired me and I have officially signed up for my first full! I'll be doing the Woodlands Marathon here in Houston next March 1, 2014 :)

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  10. It does take a village and awesome buds to get through this training! Thank you for the boost to get me through last week! Only a few more left. See you at MCM!

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  11. Thank you all so much for the wonderful comments and support. These training runs can be so tough, but all the internet support from fellow runners had made it so much easier. Hope everyone has great weekend runs!

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