October 16, 2014

Long Run Successes

On Sunday, I ran my longest run since last December - 20 miles.  I was a bit anxious about this run, mostly due to the distance but I was also curious to see how I would manage it from a pace standpoint.  I was really excited with my results.  It was my strongest run to date and I believe there are a few reasons that I felt pretty strong.  But let's be real here, it started with a temper tantrum because my Garmin wasn't tracking pace and then I realized I forgot my phone and had also locked myself out of the house...more on that another time...

Pretty happy with a successful 20 mile run!
I am guilty of not always fueling very well the night before a long run.  This weekend, I paid better attention.  I cooked a hearty (and also delicious!) gnocchi dish the night before and hydrated with Gatorade and water.  No beer for this girl! 

I'm learning how to zone out in the beginning of long runs.  Over my last few runs, I'm learning to turn on my brain and take my attention off my watch for the early miles.  I find that I'm usually surprised when I've already covered a substantial amount of the run without exerting much mental energy.  I'm hoping that this mental "training" will help me during the race.

I love nothing more than seeing other runners out while I'm on a run.  I saw at least a dozen on Sunday and most exchanged friendly smiles, a wave, or a hello.  I saw another woman who was clearly out for some miles (the Bondiband, Garmin, and hydration belt were dead giveaways...) and we exchanged a smile and a wave that seemed to say "you got it girl, keep going."  Every time I saw another runner, I got a mental boost.

But the biggest boost of all came when I turned into my last neighborhood that I would hit before I headed back to my own neighborhood.  I had already run through this neighborhood once and now I was in the home stretch - probably around mile 16 or so.  I noticed a man in his driveway getting out of his car.  As I approached his house, he said to me "you've been running at least 2 hours and I can only assume it's on purpose."  I responded, "Yes, sir.  I'm on a 20 mile run and I'm training for a marathon."  His response "You go girl."  Those 3 words propelled me the last 3-4 miles and I haven't ever felt better.  I don't know if he runs or if he just appreciated that I was pushing my physical limits for fun on a Sunday morning.  Either way, it meant the world to me. 

What motivates you when you're out on a long run?
{Christine}

14 comments:

  1. Ugh, nothing motivated me on my long run this past weekend, it as brutal! : (

    So glad that your run went so well though, it's so encouraging to be able to rock those long distances!

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    1. I wish I could have run with you this weekend, my friend. Don't get too down on yourself...try to stay positive as you get ready for NYCM. I believe in you! :)

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  2. Great job on your 20 milers! And even by yourself. I have a hard time doing that distance by myself.I usually just listen to my music, that's a motivator for me. I can imagine after that distance you already completed that it was nice to hear from that guy.

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    1. Thank you! I'm slowly learning to get better about doing these long runs by myself. :)

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  3. Way to go, Christine! Its amazing how powerful words of motivation from a complete stranger can be!

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  4. That's awesome, Christine great job on your 20 mile run! I'm glad his words were able to give you the boost you needed!

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  5. So glad to hear your 20 miler went well! I love seeing other runners while I'm out on long runs. What that guy said would have made my day too. It's the little things.

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  6. I definitely get a pump of energy from seeing other runners. . Walkers or bikers even. People out being active and doing good things for themselves gets me going! Congrats on the great run!

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  7. this made me smile. so glad you had an awesome 20 mile run. encouragement is always amazing, especially during the latter half of a run. nice work!

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  8. Woohoo, congrats on your long run. What a great feeling.

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  9. Wow, 20 miles in your own! Great job! You're ready to rock your marathon, Christine!

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  10. Great job on that 20 miler!!! You're so going to ROCK this marathon girl!!!!

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  11. Just being around my friends motivates me. I almost always do my long runs with them. I haven't done any 20s in forever (over a year), but I love running 12-13 miles with friends when we train for 10Ks/half marathons. But, compliments from others and seeing other runners out are also very motivating. I like to count the miles down after halfway, too. That helps a lot.

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  12. congrats on your long run! What motivates me? The food and mimosas at the end :)

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