Well guys, I finally did it- I finished a 20 mile run! I'll share more below, but this is a huge milestone for me and I'm really proud of myself. This entire week was really great (thanks to unseasonably warm and clear weather). I'm feeling better and better about training each week, and I'm getting excited for race day! There's still 8 weeks to go where a lot can happen, but I'm on the right path.
Here's a look at how my week went:
I had the day off for Presidents' Day and it was a beautiful morning, so I took Selma to Riverview for a trail run. We did a loop of all of my favorite trails, and she did such a great job. I've never run with her on trails, but she handled them so well!
7 miles / 9:44 pace
Just an easy run around the neighborhood to shake out my legs! I got a new pair of shoes (Saucony Freedom ISO) to replace the Brooks Pure Flows that I ended up returning, so I was excited to test them out. I'll share more later, but so far I like them. Did I mention the weather was AMAZING? 70s, sunny, and gorgeous.
20 miles total :
5 mile warmup / 9:39 pace
15 mile race / 8:57 pace
This was the day I was doing my 20 mile run, and it scared me for a while just seeing it on my schedule. This has always been a really big mental barrier for me and I've never made it through 20 miles before, so I knew I had to do it in this workout. It's a little early for my training plan, but I knew that I could do it if I did it in a smart way, with lots of people around. Since I was running the Spring Thaw race, I decided to do a 5 mile loop around the lake right before the race (which ended up being very wet with a morning shower), then ran the 15 mile race. Luckily I made it to the start just in time to get a picture with a few other Pittsburgh bloggers (Joanna, Ciara, Jennifer, and Chelsea!)
I got really lucky, because Jessie agreed to run with me. She did the 10 mile race option and really helped my pace. We met a few other runners along the course, so those first two laps of the lake really flew by. When I started the third lap by myself, it was definitely harder and I was worn out (almost thought of stopping with Jessie and calling it a day). I took my first Margarita Shot Block and that made me feel a lot better immediately. I made it to the halfway point of the loop when another racer ran by me, so I shouted out "Great job!" The girl ended up sticking with me for a bit and ended up being a blog reader! She helped me out so much because at that point the wind kicked up and I was really struggling. If you're reading this Sarah, thank you SO much for running with me and taking my mind off the race!
Overall, I was really happy with how I did in the race! My pace got slower on each lap, but I knew this was mostly about finishing and just not quitting. I needed to know that I could do this, and I feel so much more confident about training now! I still have 2 months to go, so I'm really excited to have a 20 miler in the bag. The best part was that after the race, I scheduled a one hour float session followed by a one hour massage! I'll be sharing more about my floating experience in my monthly wrap-up, but this helped me with recovery so much, and I wish I could do it after every hard workout.
I had a rest day from running scheduled, but I still wanted to get out to stretch out my legs and get the blood flowing to them. I took Selma to the park and walked about 5 miles with her (very slowly with lots of stops). I always feel so much better if I move the day after a race or long run, so I'm glad the weather cooperated for a nice walk.
What's the biggest mental barrier you struggle with in training?
Did anyone else race this weekend?