A Great 20 Mile Run (seriously)!
This is going to sound crazy but I had a GREAT 20 mile run this past weekend. It was the second, and last, long training run before the Chicago Marathon in THREE weeks!
The last 20 mile run I did a couple weeks ago went okay but I was really pushing myself at the end. I was out of energy, hurting, sore, tired, and just wanted it to end. But for some reason, this last 20 mile run wasn’t as bad. I felt pretty good and even increased my speed a little at the end. I owe a lot of this to our pacer, Jen, who does a great job! But I also think there were a few other things that helped this run go so much smoother than the last one:
• I didn’t run with my handheld water bottle. Most of the people in my running group use one of these. But, you have to do what works for you and honestly, I hate carrying the handheld water bottle. It doesn’t feel comfortable to me and my gait is off when I use it. So this time I went without it and it worked out great! My Fleet Feet running group is amazing and Fleet Feet provides water stops for us along the way.
• I have new shoes! I went to Fleet Feet earlier in the week and got new running shoes. I realized that my old ones had been worn WAY too long! I can’t believe I wore them as long as I did but with our move, new jobs, and sleep deprivation I just didn’t even realize they were almost a year old – eek! Way too long to go without changing my shoes.
• My attitude was different. I think as the marathon gets closer I get more pumped up for my runs. In the middle of training you are far into it but not far enough. You still feel like the race is so far away so it’s hard to stay motivated. I know the race is just around the corner so I just have to give it my best these next few weeks and then on to the fun race! Your outlook and attitude really makes a difference.
• I hydrated and ate properly. I made sure to have enough to eat, some carbs, and stay hydrated during the run. This helps a lot. You can’t underestimate your nutrition when it comes to running.
• I went to sleep at 8 pm the night before. Ha, seriously!! Sleep is SO important and I knew I needed it. So I headed to bed early on Friday night. Don’t make fun of me too much though… ever since I’ve had my daughter, I could probably easily go to bed at 7 pm every night.
I’m really glad I had a great run recently. Sometimes during marathon training, your mind really starts to play tricks on you and you just get TIRED. This helped give me the boost I need to know I can do this marathon and to get excited about it again.
This coming weekend is a 15 mile long run, the following weekend 10 miles, then after that – marathon time! Training definitely hasn’t been like it was before I had a baby but I’m still thankful I’m able to do this and can’t wait to cross that finish line in Chicago again.
I want to encourage you to follow along in my health journey through what I learn and experience. I hope there is something you can take away from Fit Busy Female that inspires you to start taking control of your health and feeling better every day.