It was a week of milestones in my training. On Saturday I completed my first 20 mile long run and hit my highest mileage total for the week. I honestly wasn’t sure I would make it to this point. I made it through peak week! Man oh man was it a tough one. My first 20 miler done and done! I am so happy that run is complete. For weeks I had been dreading this run because the self doubt had me convinced that I needed someone to run alongside me if I wanted to complete it, especially after how terribly my 18 miler went. Saturday’s long run reminded me how much I enjoy running alone and that my mind has the power to push me. I am truly proud of myself for pushing through mentally and physically. I hoping I can maintain this for the next few weeks.
My main goal was just to push thru and finish because I’m still trying not to focus too much on time since this is my first marathon and I have no idea what to expect. Though somewhere in the back of my mind I know I what my goal is and I am really trying to get that thought out of my mind, but you runners understand my difficulty with that, right?
The night before I had received several pep talks from friends who support me. I had posted on Facebook about how nervous I was to tackle this obstacle and the support I receive always seems to blow me away. I know who's tight in my circle and I need not forget that. I had also received several texts that morning giving me a little boost which helped put my mind at ease.
The weather Saturday morning was perfect! I tried not to pay too much attention to my watch, except to check on my distance. Even more so because I somehow set my laps to .82 so my watch beeps each lap and each mile which throws me off and its annoying that I can’t figure out how to fix it. But to be honest I haven’t spent any considerable time trying to figure out this super fancy watch. Haha I felt great mentally and physically. The first 10 miles were strong, by mile 11 my pace started to slow a bit and my HR was increasing but nothing that was alarming. I had to stop for a minute around mile 14 because I felt lightheaded. (poor fueling as usual) I let my heart rate come down, drank some liquids and did a few minutes of yoga to keep my legs active. I pushed thru those last few miles and finished. In the end I really surprised myself with this run. I am beyond happy to have come this far and to have made it through the toughest weeks of training.
Seriously trying to get a grip on this fueling thing though. My tummy seems to be very resistant to most options; I’ve experimented with various things including gels, shot blocks, sports drinks, gummy candy and real food. What seems to work best for me is a combination of nuun hydration & real food... The only problem is real food fueling isn't conveniently packaged like gu's etc. I'm getting more and more nervous because I've only got a few more weeks to figure it all out.
Only 5 more weeks of training!
Dream Big. Work Hard. :)