18 Mile Success

Happy Friday, everyone!

Guess what: I ran 18 miles last weekend! My longest run for Ironman was actually 16 miles, so besides raceday I haven’t run 18 in a while.

YAY RUNNING! (P.S. This photo is from Ragnar, exactly a year ago. Take me back!!)

YAY RUNNING! (P.S. This photo is from Ragnar, exactly a year ago. Take me back!!)

Some friends and I ran from downtown NYC over the Brooklyn Bride and back, up to the Upper East Side, to Randall’s Island (or was it Roosevelt Island? I get the two confused) over to Central Park, and back down toward Midtown. Phew! I’d show you the map but my beloved Garmin went crazy and is officially in heaven. It started flashing “SPEED UP!” every 30 seconds (um, rude!) and then all these lines showed up and it eventually went blank. So sad.

Despite my best attempts to go “natural” with all my fueling, I caved and used Gu again. I took one tri-berry Gu around 6 miles in, and a second Roctane Gu around mile 13. Roctane (has caffeine) gives an amazing boost, and I always save it for the middle to end of my longer runs. I’m the type of person that eats a Gu over the course of a mile or two instead of all at once, so I feel like it slowly gives me a boost that lasts a decent amount of time.

Why can't I quit you?

Why can’t I quit you?

I also took sodium/electrolyte tablets for the first time ever. GAME CHANGER. I took one before I started running, one around mile 10, and one at mile 15-16ish. I’m a very salty sweater and I could tell a huge difference. I just felt better and had more energy.

I was expecting it to be a cool day and wore a long -sleeved shirt. I had to take the train into and out of the city and I didn’t want to be freezing, but it ended up being ridiculously humid. This made it tough, but I ran with some awesome ladies and the conversation never stopped, which was fantastic.

Please ignore the sweat ALL OVER ME.

Please ignore the sweat ALL OVER ME.

Miles 1-6 felt good, miles 7-13 felt like THIS IS TAKING FOREVER I THOUGHT WE WERE ON MILE 15 ITS TOO HARD TO PICK MY FEET UP WTF WHY ARE WE RUNNING NEAR A DETENTION CENTER (seriously…weird stuff on that island), and miles 14-18 made me feel like I was on top of the world. (Roctane? Sodium? Who knows.) I ended on such an incredible endorphin high that stuck with me all day. My body didn’t ache like it usually does after 14 miles, which was a very welcome surprise.

According to my group, we ran 18 miles in 3 hours, 7 minutes, and 36 seconds, for an average pace of 10:25. I’m good with that, I guess. I’d like to be faster but all things considered, I’ll take it. To be totally honest, I’m still not training as hard as I probably should be for fear of injury. I’m going to PT but I still just don’t feel 100%. I don’t think I have since October 16th, 2011 (my first injury ever, also my Mom’s birthday! Hi Mom!))  which is really upsetting. But for reference, in this post from 2011, I compared my 18 milers in training for my first and second marathons. I’ve improved a lot since then!

My first marathon! Aww...

My first marathon! Aww…

Moving on: this week included a 5.2 mile run with 3 miles at tempo pace (was about 10 seconds off my paces, boo), a 4 mile easy run, 1 hour of yoga, and two strength training sessions. This weekend I’m running the Bronx 10 Miler as a part of my 20 mile run. (It’s on Sunday and I have NO IDEA what to do on Saturday now! So weird. Maybe I’ll bike.)

Next weekend, I’m running the Wineglass Half Marathon with a bunch of friends. I’m SO excited! Over the past couple years, I’ve done most of my long runs alone. I see a HUGE difference when I run with friends – I’m pretty sure I would have started walking around mile 12 last weekend if I was alone. Friends really do help you push through it and come out on the other side. It’s incredible.

On our 18 miler, we were talking about how productive we are after a long run. We all agreed that we go home and clean, do laundry, bake, etc. (After which we sit on the couch for hours, of course.) Anyone else the same way? What do you do after a long run?

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  1. September 27, 2013 / 5:03 pm

    Good to hear from you, you’ve been quite on the social media wavelengths.

    I wish I was productive, I’m definitely not. I love to veg and eat up all the food. Great job the run, I have 20 miles this weekend (my longest yet) and the Chicago Marathon in a few weeks. Trying not to panic!

    • October 1, 2013 / 12:26 pm

      Been a little busy lately :) Hope the 20 miler went well! So exciting! (Don’t panic!!)

  2. September 27, 2013 / 9:18 pm

    Thanks for some of the salt and roctaine reviews! i need something new. Oh gosh, after my long runs I want to sleep but i chase after the babe

    • October 1, 2013 / 12:27 pm

      I can only imagine – you are awesome! I just have to take care of myself so it’s much easier on me!

  3. September 27, 2013 / 9:57 pm

    congrats! I have never ran over 14 miles so everyone with these long distances blow my mind!

    • October 1, 2013 / 12:27 pm

      Do you ever want to? :) (If so…DO IT!)

  4. September 28, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    Nice job!!!
    I guess it depends on the day and what I have planned!! I like to be productive but if nothing is going on I have no problem sitting and watching football!! :)

    • October 1, 2013 / 12:28 pm

      Oh me neither…sitting and watching football is one of my most favorite things EVER :)

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