Life's little adventures, accompanied by a running watch

Sunday, March 24, 2013

And just like that….

….my confidence is back!  Going into today’s 20 mile training run, I was nervous.  That’s an emotion I don’t usually have pre-long run, but today was different.  Lately, I’ve felt so many aches and pains and mysterious twinges that I really worried that I wouldn’t finish.  And having missed my first scheduled 20 miler two weeks ago, I just wasn’t feeling confident.

I started out at 9:30 pace and stayed here for two miles.  During those two miles, I did the “check” – shins, quad, all-other-running-relevant muscles – CHECK.  From there, I fell into a pace that stayed pretty consistently in the 9:15 – 9:20 range.  Perfect.  The pace felt good and more importantly, my muscles weren’t pissed off.  Joy!

Because I’m always cold, I was pretty layered up as usual, including my face mask.  But it really was a gorgeous day out there today.  Less wind than yesterday and the bluest sky I’ve seen in awhile.

My planned pit stop at home was perfect too, signifying mile 13 and a fresh grape Gatorade #2 and pretzels.  I then turned to go back out the same way I came to conquer the 7 mile loop.  The key with planning a stop at home mid-run is to not think about it – I just head right back out.  I repeat, there is no thinking allowed.

By the beginning of my 7 mile loop, I knew I had this today.  I kept an eye on my watch to make sure I didn’t do anything stupid at this point and   kept on pace.  Much like last week’s long run, I tried to stay cognizant of my pace without letting it rule my run.  Monitoring/feeling pace takes practice, but I seem to have a knack for it.  Once I honed in on my pace for today, I “guessed” it would average in the 9:20 range.  And I got 9:20 even.  No, that does not mean I strive to be a pacer at a race someday (I don’t know how they carry balloons/flag/whatever to lead their pace groups – blech!).

So 20 miles is finally in the books for my Spring marathon!  Best of all, I feel quite good.  Today could’ve gone a few different ways, but I knew once I got myself a plan and then got my head into the plan, I’d stand a chance.  Today’s run provided the confidence boost I needed.  Let the domino effect begin….


13 comments:

  1. Way to run! You would be an awesome pacer. But, I don't know how they run carrying some of that stuff either!
    Congrats on a great 20-miler and getting your confidence back!

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    1. Thanks Abby! And welcome back from your amazing adventure :)

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  2. Great run! I love the pit stop at home idea! Sometimes it works well and feels great, but other times, it can be hard to get going. Glad to hear you knew you were fine when you started back out for another 7 :)

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    1. You got that right - most times it has worked like a charm, with a few times I pouted my way back out for the next loop.

      Thanks!

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  3. I agree with the blech on the pacer signs. I am a pacer for a group in MN and have to hold a sign for 13.1 miles!! My arm gets tired - the worst is when the wind is blowing!
    The domino effect is great - enjoy it!

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    1. You're my hero holding that sign for 13.1 miles. And the domino effect has continued today with a great little lunch time run - hooray!

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  4. Woohoo! Great job on the 20 miler! Those long runs where everything works are the best!

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    1. Thanks Mandy! I know, those are the runs that make you feel ready for anything :)

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  5. Hurrah!! I love how one good long run can boost your confidence just like that - poof! Congrats!

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    1. "Poof" is perfect!

      Thanks Maureen :)

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  6. Good for you!! I've got 19 to knock out this weekend (Training for my first full in May!) and I hope I have as good of a run as you did!

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    1. Go you!! Not sure if you were doing your 19 today or Sunday, but either way, I wish you a great run!

      I'm also training for a May marathon...which one are you running?

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  7. Awesome! What a feeling it is to have that 20 miler in the books! Happy taper time!

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