March 16, 2015

20 Mile training run thoughts, over 3 hours of brain drain!

So yesterday was my longest training run so far in this marathon cycle,  Twenty miles is no joke when you run it at 10:00-10:15 pace.  You have a very long time to pound pavement and think. Luckily, Roxanne from my Without Limits group agreed to meet me at 10:30am as our start time.  Since my Wave and Corral for Boston will be starting around 11:15, I figured 10:30 would be close enough and still allow her plenty of time with her family in the afternoon.  On the other hand, 10 more miles on the road solo gave me lots of opportunities to solve world problems, solve my own problems and mindlessly daydream!  Did I mention it was 20 miles and that would take me over 3 hours and 20 minutes?

Here are some of the wonderful things that passed through my brain as I chugged along like "The Little Engine that Could!"

* Where is the cloud cover? Blue sky is great when you are playing golf, at the beach, or sitting by the pool, not when you are running a gazillion training miles.

* It's hot, I need more water.

* When am I going to be done?

* Wow, we are so lucky to live at the beach

* Please please don't be this hot on Marathon Monday in Boston

* Why is the traffic so heavy at Wrightsville Beach today?  Oh yes, people actually want to go to the beach while I want need to spend my day running,

* How many more miles until I can eat my banana?

* When I am going to be finished?

* Why does my skirt keep drooping? Could it be the picnic in my pockets that include a banana and 4 GU gels?

* Having a friend makes a long run go by so much faster.

* What can I stuff in my mouth when I get home after burning 5 million calories?

* How is my cadence?  Yea, no this was not one of my thoughts. However, after passing the head coach of our running group, and him shouting out "pick up your cadence", Roxanne and I did just that.

* Why do some long runs seem so easy and some so hard?

* Am I getting enough to drink?

* When is this blasted run going to be over?

* I need to update my playlist

* Those burgers smell so good at Red Robin.  I wish I had money with me.

* Am I done yet?

Yes, my brain is sorta mushy when I run, but I am very grateful to have completed my 20 miles and feel better prepared with only 35 days until the Boston Marathon!


43 comments:

  1. Yup, there's no getting around them, is there? That 20 miler always comes and although I try to have a positive attitude and not dream it, it's so hard!! I actually think the 20 mile training runs can be harder to get through then the marathon itself - no cheering crowds, no fun volunteers at water stops, and the thousands of runners around you don't hurt either on race day!! Great job getting it done. And my 20 milers are usually closer to 4 hours, so I feel ya on all of this!!

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    1. I also hate that there are no crowds and volunteers. I struggle carrying water and fuel at the same time. However, only one more super long run and then it is time to race!

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  2. Great job Pam! 20 miles is no joke! Hope the ankle stops bothering you! So excited Boston is so close!!!

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    1. Me too Mindy, I'm resting and icing and a dr visit tomorrow with hopefully good news!

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  3. "Wow are we lucky to live near the beach" is one that has been passing through my head a lot since we moved to the Cape, I feel so fortunate to live in such a beautiful place! I have to admit I had a tough run yesterday and unfortunately most of my thoughts were more along the lines of "why do I do this to myself", "I think I hate running", "I bet my couch is really comfortable right now"...

    But, I'm glad I got the run done! Congrats on your 20 miler - you're getting so close!!

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    1. Haha, yes, why do you do this to yourself is a good one Danielle. Those long runs sometimes feel like torture!

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  4. Great job on that 20 miler! I listen to music to help pass the time on those long runs. If I didn't, my brain and thoughts might scare me...

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    1. Wendy I also listen to music, but my brain still goes haywire!

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  5. I cannot imagine running 20 miles!! At least you didn't have to do it alone. That's my problem. I run alone. 70 degrees? Wow. It is cold again here this week - 20's. Can't wait for spring.

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    1. I never trained with anyone until I joined the coached running group. Now I dread long runs on my own.

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  6. Way to get it done, lady! The stream of thoughts over several hours can be hilarious, exhausting, emotional, and down-right ridiculous.:P

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    1. Yes, I do run the gamut with my little brain while running!

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  7. On all my 20s, the biggest thing was thinking about what I would eat when I was done. Now that I do half marathons and below, my long runs are shorter and faster so it's not that big of an issue, thank goodness! But 20 miles you have time to think about a lot.

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    1. I think lots of marathoners think about food Amy! It probably is a natural thing after all those miles!

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  8. Twenty miles certainly has the ability to play tricks on you! I know that I have a lot of mental preparation to do before I am ready to tackle marathon training again this fall. Nice job!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, glad that one is in the rear view mirror!

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  9. I never managed to get up to 20 miles on my marathon training. I was so nervous... Hopefully that will change for Goofy training this time around.

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    1. Following the Jeff Galloway training plan for Goofy was the best thing I did to be prepared. You might want to check that out Frank.

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  10. Kudos to you on your 20 mile run! It always amazes me how much my mind wanders and how much thinking I do while out on a run. And how many times I wonder when I'll be done with the run, lol!

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    1. And I wish I could remember half of the great ideas I have while running. I only remember the stupid stuff!

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  11. Good job on 20 miles and LOL at what you were thinking about!

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  12. Great job on the 20 miler!!!
    I laugh because I think we all have so many million thoughts running through our minds when we do our long runs! I am weird, I prefer to have 1 or 2 horrible long runs before a race, meaning the kind that make me push it and the "easy" doesn't come. For me that does a mind trick for me that if the long run is difficult I just got the bad run out of the way, so there is far less chance of that happening during the marathon itself:)
    Very cool your running Boston, that one is my dream!

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    1. One of my friends is running her first marathon this weekend and I told her that the bad training runs get you through the marathon. If you are not challenged in training, it is tough to gut out the hard part of a marathon on race day.

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  13. I remember doing a run once and wondering where the music was coming from. Oh, yeah. The ipod in my ears! Congrats on getting the mileage in!

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    1. Thanks, just glad that I finished all 20!

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  14. Ha, that sounds like my brain on a long run! Especially the desperate desire for cloud cover. Great job on getting it done!

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    1. It is always nice to check off that first 20 miler on the training plan!

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  15. Nice work! 20 milers are not easy, it's nice you had a friend to run with :)
    I hope you were able to relax a bit today!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Lots of relaxing today Karen mixed in with alot of laundry. The next few days are doctor appointments and more rest time!

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  16. 20 miles! That is amazing. I have lots of random thoughts when I run, too. Sometimes music helps, other times I find I need silence just to keep going.

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    1. If I have a friend along I never play my music, but I definitely need that lively playlist when I go it alone!

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  17. That late start time would kill me I think!! I'm so used to getting up before the sun comes up, I"m not sure how I would handle it!

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    1. I'm not excited about the late start, but know that practicing will be helpful. Besides, it's Boston and I will be running with my sister so it will be great!

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  18. You are amazing. I do better super early in the morning, but it's wise to practice for how it's going to be on race day. My brain has the same running refrain when I do my long runs, although it's very whiny, too. You're almost there!

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    1. Oh I much prefer early morning, but sometimes you just need to focus on the goal!

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  19. Nice job Pam! Fun to read your thoughts... sometimes my friends ask what I think about when I am out on my long runs...umm... I don't remember. Ahhh almost a month away!

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    1. Thanks Jenny. I can't wait for race day!

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  20. I've had many of those thoughts while out on a long run! The lack of cloud cover is the worst!

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    1. Yup, sunny skies are only good when you are going to the beach or sitting by a pool, not during a very long run!

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  21. I thought about the pizza scattered all over the sidewalks from the St. Patrick's Day festivities the day before while I was running my 20 miles this weekend. Whatever it takes to get you through those long mileage sessions is ok in my book. We're all a bit crazy during our runs.

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    1. Wow, pizza on a sidewalk would drive me crazy during a long run when I was thinking about food!

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  22. Hahaha, I've had all very similar thoughts during long runs...but with a few more expletives thrown into the mix, lol. ;)

    It definitely gives you lots of time to think, but it can be funny what pops into your head when you're pounding the pavement for 3 or 4 hours. The 20-mile long run can be brutal, but it sounds like you killed it. You are SO ready to take on Boston! Super excited for you!

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