A little late but here it is…
I RAN 20 MILES TWO WEEKS AGO!
And I survived!
I was really nervous about because of a few things. Well first…I had never run that distance before. Second, there was Tropical Storm Karen that was churning in the Gulf and was expected to make landfall Saturday morning. It was to produce strong wind and rain. Not ideal running conditions but I’ve run in the rain before. By the time Saturday arrived and it was time to run, we did not receive the rain and wind but we did have 100% humidity. It was awful hot. I NEVER run in just my sports bra and shorts but at mile 10 I ditched my tank. It was BRUTAL! Amazingly, even in the humidity, I felt pretty good the entire run until about the last mile. At that point, it wasn’t my knee but both legs started to scream…WHAT ARE YOU DOING WOMAN?? YOU HAVE BEEN RUNNING FOR ALMOST 20 MILES!! I’m guessing that’s normal, right? When my Garmin beeped for 20 miles, I stopped and started crying. I just couldn’t believe I just did it.
This past Saturday we ran 18 miles with 13 at marathon pace, which is supposed to be 9 min. It was a tough run because I felt more tired than usual. My nutrition was fine, just got really tired around the last mile and a half. And of all things, my Garmin started giving me low battery at mile 2. It finally died at mile 13.
At this point, with the crazy heat and humidity, I’m not concerned with my time any more. I will be so happy to run as much as I can and cross the finish line up right.
And so we have another high mileage week with a 21 miler. I will be running my long run on Thursday because we are headed to Tampa to spend time with my boys. Luckily, I have amazing friends and one of them has agreed to run 10 of my 21 with me. I can do 11 by myself…I could never do 21 by myself! So I can’t wait to see how my last long run of marathon training goes!