(blog title stolen from Olivia, but it was so fitting and had to be done)
OH. MY. GAWD.
Seriously, if you asked me a year ago if I imagined myself frolicking through Boise in the wee hours of my summer Saturday mornings I would have laughed really loud in your face.
But today as I stared down at Garmina I was almost in tears. Okay, so they were mostly tears of excruciating pain, but still.
I just ran 16 freaking miles!
I guess the feeling is just surreal.
Two weeks ago I passed the half-marathon point and now I’m merely 10 miles shy of the finish line.
And to be completely honest I was feeling good until right around the 13 mile point. I was happy to see my time at 2 hours 35 at that point.
But then I started to feel it. Yup, it. It being my shins, my feet, my hip flexors…etc.
We chugged along though. With less than a 5k left we knew we had it in us to finish strong.
These two ladies were rock stars! I am pretty sure I would not have made it through without Maria & Jen. THANK YOU!
Once we hit mile 15 I knew it was time to get serious. My body was mad but I didn’t care. I ran until garmina beeped at the 16 mile point.
16 miles…. check!
Mile | Average pace per mile
- 10:49 <— 🙂
Total Distance: 16 miles | Total Time: 3 hours 11 minutes
I have to admit that I am pretty stoked about our finishing time. Not that I had any clue how long it would take to run 16 miles, I was still proud of the time in which we completed it.
A 16 mile run would not be complete without the proper ice bath.
It was icy alright! But words cannot explain the feeling I felt afterwards.
It was like a mini-miracle. For at least 15 minutes afterwards I felt no muscle pain at all. My body was probably numb but still – it was amazing!
So there you have it, another huge running milestone reached. Such a great feeling!
I’m just sitting here drinking my recovery run smoothie.
And let me tell you, with an 1823 calorie deficit to make up I wasn’t shy when adding my heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter into my banana, spinach and chocolate smoothie.
More icing, rehydrating and maybe I will soundfully nap whilst attempting to watch a movie. Sounds like a perfect afternoon!
What’s your favorite way to wind down after a long run?