Life as of lately and my 20 miler

My life has been filled with end of year stuff; Baseball, Soccer, Dance and Running a lot for me. It has left little time for blogging. I ran my 20 miler on Saturday and it was tough! Coming off of the half marathon and still working out hard throughout the week took its toll on my body. Here is what my week looked like for workouts:

Monday-5 miles easy pace (43 minutes)

Tuesday-Bootcamp and sprints

Wednsday-7.5 miles in the WIND not fun

Thursday-First day at the track! I love the sun. Sprints and Bleachers (I will post the workout because it’s one of faves)

Friday-Rest/Yoga

Saturday-20 miler

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I woke up at 5 to eat breakfast and give it sometime to digest. I ate half of a banana, a piece of toast with peanut butter and drank half a Naked juice. I went back to bed and started running at 7.  I knew going into the long run it wasn’t going to be my best. My legs were heavy and I still had some sore spots from Thursday’s workout. But it was getting done. The first couple miles were uphill probably not the best way to start but good training, right? Tonya and I talked the first 12 miles which is great because it makes time go by quicker. I took a GU at mile 6 with water and I tried alternating water and Gatorade to drink. But I didn’t take GU and Gatorade together because I guess they do not mix well.

At mile 12 I took another GU and drank water. I finally needed to start listening to music to push through. The music was great until mile 17 my stomach was just not feeling right and I could not maintain a 8 min. pace. I slowed down to 8:20 but my feet kept going to back to 8. At 18 I had to stop and stretch, I was just not feeling great. I don’t know how I got through the last 2 miles. My feet hurt my lower abdominal were so tight and it felt like I was close to pulling something:( I was so happy when my watch said 20 I stop immediately.

I need to download my stats but I’m pretty happy with the run. It was a hard training run which I needed. I like that I didn’t start out with completely fresh legs, and I hope this simulates more of the last 20 miles of the race rather than the first. My goal was to keep it around an 7:45 pace for about 12 miles and I think I was pretty close to that. I beat last years 20 milers by about 16 minutes so that makes me really happy! I just hope it’s enough training for the big race! 3 weeks to go…

 

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The best race ever…

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Saturday was seriously the best half marathon ever! I do not consider myself a super “fast” runner, but Tonya and I killed it on Saturday:) Taking appx. 8 minutes off our last half marathon. Tonya is an amazing running partner, and she is a natural at running. It is so hard to find someone the same pace as you, but we push and pull each other all the way through. After I had the twins, Tonya pushed me to get back it to shape quickly because she was in such good shape so I had to work hard to keep up with her.

Anywho…Saturday started off as usual-NO SLEEP!:
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I wonder what a race would be like with sleep. Oh well. I knew it would be a PR day, because we have been training at a pretty fast pace. I asked Tonya what she wanted to run and we both felt pretty comfortable with 1:40. The race had pacers?! There were only about 288 runners so I was shocked by that. The fastest pacer was 1:40 so we kept her in sight the whole time. She was super speedy it felt more like a 1:35 pace, but I’m glad she ran that fast because we ended at 1:36!

The start of the race was cold, and I mean BRRR. We made it to the first bus so there was plenty of time for using the honey buckets;) We snuggled in our warm blankets for a little bit:
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And then headed to the start line. I was tying my shoe when someone yelled ready go! Ha. We took off at a really fast pace. It is so hard for me to start slow! 1-3 were really cold but went by super fast. The sun hit us about mile 4 and I was really regretting wearing my jacket, so I took it off and tied it around my waist. The first part was downhill with a hill at about mile 4. I kept looking at my watch thinking we should slow down, oh well I guess we will take this hill at a 7:20 pace:) 4-8 are a blur they went by so fast. I remember looking at my watch at mile 8 and it said 59 minutes. I was feeling great. The temp. was around 55 degrees which was perfect, because I never got to hot. Around mile 11 we started passing people, and the 1:40 pacer slowed down and told us we were in 4th and 5th for females. Number 1 was not far away.

As we went up a hill we passed a guy and he told us this hill we were on was still a quarter-mile long. We kept a strong steady pace and eventually took the 2nd and 3rd spot. Just after mile 12 we passed the number 1 girl and we kept plugging along. I kept telling myself not much longer almost there and the next time I looked at my watch it was at 12:81. I was on cloud nine and we started sprinting shortly after that. Not a good idea for me. Tonya is a rock star at sprinting at the end, but me, yeah I barf. I was so happy and my body felt amazing and strong, but my stomach not so much. As we crossed the finish line I felt the puke come up. I tried to hold it back but I threw up. Ugh, no more sprinting for me.

We took 9th and 10th at of everyone, which is a huge accomplishment for me. I really don’t care too much about place and I didn’t start this race thinking we would win the whole thing! I say we because Tonya was 1/10 of a second “behind” me, haha. The only thing I really care about is setting a PR for myself, but winning was pretty awesome. And the girls we passed are really good runners.

Overall this race was great and I would definitely recommend it. Well organized and a great course. It was mainly downhill I would say but there were 3 good hills and the last one definitely kicked my butt. Even though it was early spring and a lot of trees still look dead, it had some really pretty parts. On a side note last year they had only 90 participants, so they pretty much tripled their numbers! Here is the link to their site.

Picture overload:
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I didn’t stop it right away, because I was too busy throwing up:( This is the first time I only ran 13.1. Most likely because there was no weaving between other runners.

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Tonya’s dad and husband ran they race. They both reached their goals of running it in under 2 hours. It was a great race day for everyone!!

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PR Smile;)

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I took the girls with me and although it was the most beautiful drive…Taya Puked because it was so curvy. The way back was great however, they slept half of the drive.