|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?