Well today marked a day that opened my eyes to the reality of running miles in 20’s. It gave me a glimpse of what is in store for me in the weeks to come. A little preview if you will. 🙂
I decided to pop my first salt packet at 6:30 am to start off the run.
These are guys are good for helping with muscle cramping & to replenish salt as you tend to sweat A LOT when run these long distances.
They are a little hard to suck down but I could really tell they helped me during my run.
Picture below is of me at mile 10 taking my second one.
Our run today was broken down into 3 loops.
Loop 1 = 10 miles
Loop 2 = 6 miles
Loop 3 = 4 miles
Now sounds easy enough right? Well all three loops had a hill involved. And I swear the 4 miler had the steepest incline!
The first 10 miles were ran with such ease. We both felt great and were happy about how we felt at the half-way point.
It wasn’t until around mile 16 that I started to struggle. Seems as though this was where I hit my “wall” in the 18 miler too.
I was trying to put on a happy face, as Maria was being the best cheerleader there was.
When it got hard on the uphill parts we agreed to walk for one minute then run for minute.
The last 2 miles should have been easier than they were. But sadly they were the hardest part.
By the end of the run I had immense pain in the arches of both my feet. It hurt so bad to even step. I assume this was due to fact that I just ran 20 miles, but it could be related to my new shoes.
But happily I squealed with joy when Garmina hit 20 miles. That was my most joyful moment of the run.
It just felt good to be done. I realize that this run was harder than I had imagined, but I still made it through!
I had to wonder though about those last 6 miles… you know the ones that I won’t meet for the first time until San Fran.
As you probably know, I found a more enjoyable method of “ice bathing” and have become quite fond of our river time post long run.
I’m pretty sure I would not have made it back to my car without nature’s ice bath.
Thank goodness, because I had one thing on my mind and that was getting A Tree City Smoothie as soon as possible.
Every time I come to this place I fall more in love with it. It’s locally owned and has a great healthy menu even with vegetarian options.
And I found out they make their very own Almond Milk. Uh… that rocks right?
So I indulged in an Ape Escape Smoothie (banana, mango, passion guava juice, yogurt) and added spinach and a shot of protein powder.
Oh it ’twas GLORIOUS!
And then Maria & I rocked the 20! … we are officially out of fingers now!
Today’s run was hard, but it made me mentally & physically stronger in the end.
I am glad that I did it – though I’m a bit apprehensive about adding that extra 6.2 miles, I now know I can do it.
So bring on the taper baby!
Two weeks of medium to easy runs, and nothing over 10 miles. I think I can handle that!
We are really almost there folks! We are almost there.
DESTINATION 26.2 here we come! (As you know I’m bringing you all with me, in spirit of course!)