I’ve run 18 miles or longer before, but for some reason it still feels GOOD to be able to say I ran 18 miles today! I ran a really successful 16 miles last Friday, so I was nervous about today’s run not going as well. Last Friday was much cooler and overcast the whole time. Gloomy, cooler-temp days are perfect for long runs!
It was pretty humid starting out this morning. The minute I stopped outside the sun was in full force, of course, right? Not what I wanted. I decided I would park my car somewhere on my route and leave water and million other long-run necessities in it so I could easily access them during my run. I ended up running three or four “creative” loops around town. Each loop gave me a chance to stop and get some really cold water at my car. I’ve also been trying out Honey Stinger Energy Chews. The Fruit Smoothie flavor is so tasty! My stomach is VERY sensitive, so I want to play around with different fuel options on my runs before race day. These seem to work okay so far. Any other suggestions are welcome!
While beginning my second loop, it starting getting cloudy and eventually starting drizzling. It was SO perfect. The light spray was a dream come true. This made the second loop much more enjoyable than the first.
Nothing real exciting happened until my last loop. I had this really strong feeling come over me and was able to pick up the pace a little. After a while, I looked at my Garmin and saw that I had about 2.5 miles left. Oddly enough, the other day my sister told me that she had completed her first 2.5 mile run without stopping. I thought, there it is, I can’t stop or quit. I have to finish this! I never doubted that I could run all 18 miles, but my legs were feeling pretty tired at this point. My lower back hurt also hurt…but I couldn’t stop now! I also ran by a friend’s house for motivation. She would disappointed to see me limping in pain back to my car. (Thanks DA, even though you weren’t home!)
Below is a picture with my motivating friends-one being DA (the house I ran by) As you can see, she holds me up in pictures when I’m apparently tipping over after a track workout.
18 miles, I made it! I always want to tell any random person that would listen to me about the long run I had completed. Since I couldn’t find anyone, I decided I would share it with everyone on here.
Recovery time. I heard this somewhere and I really need to figure out where, because it’s some of the best advice ever. After a long run: Chill. Chug. Chew. This lovely spread was waiting for me at home. That is a protein recovery drink in the water bottle. There was more to this spread, but it was gone before the picture was taken. I also enjoyed a 10 minute ice bath!
Now I’m ready to watch the Olympics!
- Do you use energy chews or drinks during a long run? What is your favorite?
- Do you experience a sensitive stomach issues during long runs?
- How far have you run? Share it and be proud!