I did it! 20 miles.
Last summer I was amazed to to 6-8 miles and yesterday I made 20. That is a milestone that I had to reach yesterday for my own knowledge that I could make those miles.
I got out before dawn to try to beat the heat. I’ll be glad when training is over and I can actually sleep in past 4:00 on the weekends. 🙂
I don’t know if it was my body or my GPS, but my pace was way down. Saturday I ran 6 miles at 8:35 pace and yesterday, early on in my run, it was hard to get below a 10 minute pace. I have been told not to worry about pace on my long runs, but psychologically it was confusing. I decided to let it go and just run. I ran 4 mile loops and drank water and ate GU at the end of each loop.
I’m trying to figure out what exactly happened, but I really hit a wall at 16 miles. Last week I ran 17 miles pretty strong and the last mile was close to a 9:00 pace. Yesterday I ran 16 miles okay. I ended up running/walking miles 17 – 18 and just walking the last two. I really don’t know what the difference was yesterday from a week ago. In fact, I started earlier, so it wasn’t hot and I kept to a 4 mile loop which should have helped.
When I finished, my shoes and clothes were soaked. My feet were pruned and had some blisters. I did mess up in one area. I started with a new pair of Saucony Fastwitch shoes last week and put them on for my run yesterday. So I ran 20 miles in shoes that only had 11 total miles on them. That could have been an issue.
I wonder, if I can barely get to 20 miles and my marathon is 4 weeks away, do I even have a chance? Boston qualification is not in my mind at this point. My goal is to finish my first marathon. If I can do that, I’ll be ecstatic. Boston will have to wait for another day. Sort of sad.
Me after a 20 mile run. 🙂