Twenty miles is a long time to be running. I have run this distance many times over the years of marathon training yet a 20 miler never ever gets remotely easy for me but that is why marathon training is kind of addicting for me… these long runs are a huge challenge yet we do them anyways and feel pretty incredible/strong/accomplished after we do them.
I felt flat from step one but that is pretty normal when your marathon is THREE WEEKS AWAY. The taper will help big time with that flat feeling and I’ll be all set to go on race day. Thinking about taper time got me through some of the toughest spots during the run… just knowing rest is around the corner helped a lot.
The first 10 were at a little under 7:30 pace and the second 10 were all at a little over a 6:30 pace. There were some definite breaks along the way too for things like:
-Fuel and some water.
-Little areas like this where I was nervous that I was going to slip and break my head so I walked over them.
The waterfall view from the above bridge. Also, there were a few stoplight breaks because I hit some red lights but other than that I am happy with the pace and where I am at a few weeks before race day.
I was pooped when I got back and Brooke made sure to warm me up with her pink blanket.
I’m more than ready for today’s rest day. My goal is to take less than 1,000 steps and recover from yesterday the best that I can.
Sissy invited us to a soccer game and Brooke watched pretty much the entire game (she starts soccer soonish herself!)
My brother-in-law brought us sandwiches (with the best turkey ever), fruit, veggies and brownies. He is a good man. The weather was perfect and BYU won!
Another dinner with my girls.
And a cup of hot chocolate with my favorite mini marshmallows for dessert. I have a thing for hot chocolate—> it warms me up and it is chocolate so yeah.
What sports did you play/love growing up?
What is your Sunday going to involve?
What has been your running fuel of choice these days?