I saw this quote the other day on @lifesabowl’s Instagram and it is so, SO true:
I think everyone who run/races can relate to this. Whether it’s your first race with the goal to just finish or your 100th race with a specific time goal, that transition is always there. We experience doubts and question our abilities, especially after those defeating workouts. We all have them! I’ve had a handful of super shitty weeks during this training cycle and was *this close* to dropping to the half marathon instead of the full. But I didn’t give up. I just kept saying “give it one more week, one more long run to prove you can do it.” I’m so glad I did. With just four weeks to go, I had the best long run on Sunday. It was quite possibly the fastest 20+ mile long run that I’ve ever completed. I experienced that transition and no longer wonder if I’ll be able to get to that finish line. I KNOW IT. If things line up on race day the way they did on the weekend, I may even be able to set a new PR.
Here’s a look into my long run in case anyone is interested.
Breakfast: Love Grown Hot Oats (sometimes I have a bowl of the Love Grown O’s instead)
Run nutrition: I ate four Honey Stinger gels over 23 miles – at mile 5, 10, 15, and 18. I drank one bottle of water (which probably wasn’t enough).
Run entertainment: I listened to four episodes of Serial during miles 1-15 and then switched to music for miles 16-23.
Run gear: Lululemon Speed Shorts, Cool Racerback Tank, Stuff Your Bra Sportsbra (stuffed all my gels in there), Pro Compression Marathon Socks, and Brooks Glycerin 13s (I’ve been wearing these for all my long runs and they are FAB), iPod and Jabra Sport Pulse wireless headphones.
Run details: I was scheduled to run 22 miles with the last 7 at half marathon race pace. I felt abnormally good so I ran an extra mile at the end as a cool down. The first 15 miles were at an 8:36 min/mile average, the 7 at HMRP were at 7:55, 7:47, 7:45, 7:43, 7:42, 7:41, 7:19 and my final cool down mile was at 8:02.
Disclaimer: I did stop quite a few times during this run. I don’t stop during races to eat or drink but for some reason I like to pause my watch and stop to get my gels and water down during my training. Maybe it’s so I don’t choke like I do during races. I still haven’t mastered the whole eat while you’re running thing. I also stopped at some lights and a few times to take photos because the day was so incredibly beautiful and I couldn’t help myself!
I’m not sure how much all of the stopping affects my overall pace so the 8:19 average may not accurately reflect my abilities or allow me to predict how I’ll perform on October 18th. I’m still really happy with the way my run went, felt like I was pushing really hard over the last few miles and dug deep to nail those paces. The idea was to run hard on tired legs, just like we (try to) do at the end of a marathon. I did my best so let’s just hope I can do the same thing (without stopping) on race day!
Post-run: I usually have coconut water right after my run and am currently loving Thirsty Buddha. I have to wait a while before I eat because my stomach gets a little weird but even when that feeling goes away, I don’t have much of an appetite the day of a long run. I still try to eat as much as I can but the hunger usually hits me the next day. AND IT HITS HARD.
I think that’s it. Let me know if you have any questions!! I know I personally get super interested in the way people go about their long runs. I’m no pro and it’s taken me a while to figure out what works for me. I’m still learning how my body handles distance and what it needs to run at its best!
Have a great day!!!