19 Miles later…

March 15th, 2010

So, yesterday (Sunday, March 14), I ran 19 miles – my longest run yet for this training cycle. (fyi – I’m typing this with both my laptop and an extremely large purring orange cat on my lap, so I can’t vouch for my typing skills.) I had planned on doing 20 miles but things didn’t really come together for that. However, it was still pretty much a success in my mind.

I was meeting a friend from the Daily Mile at 8am to our start long runs. We had originally planned on 7am, but daylight savings time foiled me again so we pushed back the time to 8am. I got up around 7, and thankfully the forecast was 40F with no rain, so I got dressed in my running gear – running capris, a short sleeve tech shirt and a thin zippered hoody jacket, and ate 1/2 a cup of oatmeal with a tablespoon of pb and 1/2 a cup of coffee. I left the house at 7:30 and got to the bike trail parking lot 20 minutes later.

It was really nice meeting Cara! It was such a nice change running with someone else for my long run and she definitely wasn’t an internet creeper. We started running down the bike path and chatting away, so much that we ran our first mile in 8:10. Whoops, neither of us had any plans to run our long run at 8:10 pace. After a few miles we settled into 8:45 or so pace, which felt pretty good and the bike path scenery was pretty so the miles went by quickly.

Not my picture, but this is the trail where we ran.

Except that my stomach started to bother me and unfortunately all of the bathrooms along the course were locked. By the time we got to the trail head – we had started about 7 miles out from it – I was ready to pop a squat, so I was incredibly relieved when to find out that those bathrooms were open.  I’ll spare you the details, but I’m seriously considering writing thank you notes to the local Park Dept for keeping that building unlocked.

I took my first chocolate GU post-bathroom break and we set back off on the bike path, still feeling pretty good. My legs started to tighten up and my feet were hurting by around the 13 mile mark – although we did manage to hit 13.1 miles in 1:54 and change. Not too bad! I stopped to stretch out around 14 miles and soon after I got really hungry and started falling apart. When we got back to where we had parked at 14.5 miles,  I took my 2nd GU, but I didn’t feel much better. I split up Cara after the 16 mi and she went on to run a total of 22.5 miles – beast! I got through another 3 miles that included a sorry amount of walk breaks and few 11minute miles, for a total of 19 and was more than happy with that. I even made a quick excursion to Pick’N'Save at 18 miles for a pee break and a nutella and graham cracker sample. holy moly, it was delicious, I would have seriously gone back for seconds if I could have gotten away with it.

Total: 19 miles in 2:57 or 9:18/mile

On the race front, my schedule has changed. I didn’t run the Shamrock 5k on Saturday and now I’m not planning on doing the Southshore Half Marathon. Instead I’m going to run the Trailbreaker 1/2 Marathon on Waukesha on March 27th because I think it will be a nicer race and it fits into my training schedule much better.


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