If you’ve done any long distance training you know that the idea of the long run can be daunting despite my attempts to get you (and me to love the long run). So knowing I had 20 miles to do this weekend and no organized group to run with, I got creative (and desperate).
So when Chipotle asked if I wanted to run the Go! Halloween Half I said “yes but”…that wouldn’t be the only race I did that day. I’m so grateful for our partnership. They paid for both entries!! THANK YOU CHIPOTLE! (Don’t worry, I probably ate a half marathon entry worth of food after all this was over). 🙂
The math broke down like this. Go! had a 5K that started at 7:00 and the half that started at 7:30 so I knew I could do them back to back but 3.1 plus 13.1 still doesn’t equal 20. I planned to park at my mom’s place which was a mile away from the races so that gave me an additional two (18 miles) so then I just had to do 2 more miles (20). Some how, some way in my mind, that was acceptable.
I got to the starting line of the 5K with one mile under my belt already and eager to get the rest done. We waited about 5 minutes before the 5K started a little later than expected so we had to hustle to finish the 5K. By the time we finished, the half had already started. Do you know how weird it is being the last one to start a race?! New experience for me. 🙂
We quickly caught up to the pack and found our easy pace of 10:15. The miles flew by..the weather the was perfect and the company was great. It wasn’t until the 11th half marathon mile (15th) that I started to feel a little tenderness in my hips. Nothing to cause concern just that soreness that you have to learn to work through.
I used Coach Kastor’s advice and alternated fuel (for me two honey stingers) and drink every two or three miles. It really helped me keep my energy levels consistent the entire time.
By the time the half ended, I was starting to feel like I was at the end of my energy and my hips were really screaming. I think I might need to try some KT Tape. I finished the last two miles painfully but was feeling so happy and proud and it really gave me the confidence that I needed to feel that no matter what, I WILL cross that finish line.
This marathon training cycle has been crazy, maddening and so rewarding and being able to come home to these two just makes all the sweat worth it.
This coming week is not going to be much different. A planned 5K and the RnRSTL half are in the plans. It’s hard to believe I’m on the down side of my mileage weeks but we are less than three weeks away. CRAZY!!
HUGE congrats to all the Chicago Marathon finishers! You inspired and motivated me all weekend!!