16 Miles: I Felt the Trinity of Long Run Emotions

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME : )

My pre-birthday weekend was full of my favorite things: football, running and Adam!

Saturday we got up early (8am is early for us on the weekend!) and went down to Miami to watch the Dolphins scrimmage! Then I came home, took a nap and went for my first ever 16 mile run!

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I’m so excited to use this chant again: “We’re in the air, we’re on the ground, we’re always in control, and when you say MIAMI you’re talking Super Bowl!”

As for the 16 mile run…. that last mile was a killer!

I started the run on the treadmill since it was so hot and humid outside.

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I love the a/c so much but after 10 miles I was beyond ready to get outdoors.

I felt really good up until mile 14.5 and then I just started feeling the trinity of long run emotions: hungry, thirsty and tired. 

I ate one packet of Honey Stinger chomps during the run, but I think I need to bring a little something extra next time I run this far. As I was dragging myself through the final mile I noted that my legs felt okay, but I had no energy. That seems like a fueling problem, right?

I also decided to run a bridge during my last mile which was an “interesting” experience. There is a bridge at mile 17 of the Portland Marathon, so I thought I’d simulate the experience… 

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Mile 17 of the Portland Marathon. Photo: BusinessInsider.com

I will definitely have to do this on all of my long runs to get my legs used to it. They didn’t love the uphill, but the downhill sure felt nice!

When I finished my run the first thought that popped into my mind was, “at the marathon you would still have 10.2 miles to go, could you make it?” Good question! Last night I don’t think I would have made it with my energy reserves being so low, but by October when I have all my fueling and everything figured out … for sure!

I am definitely seeing why less than 1% of the population runs marathons though. It’s not easy! I am crazy impressed by all of you who have done it!!!

8 weeks to go until Portland! 

Do you bring a variety of things to eat during a run, or do you always eat the same thing?

How often do you eat during long runs? Do you start eating at a certain time / mile? 

33 comments

  1. karen

    Great job on the 16 miler 🙂 I am with you, I admire all that have run a marathon and I admire you for pushing on toward your goal. I am still a bit chicken to try, but the more I do the Galloway method (used it last night) I feel like I could finish a marathon. Happy Birthday to you!! You look great in Miami green 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!! I think you could definitely do a marathon if you wanted to!

  2. cheryl

    Happy Birthday!!!!
    Great job on your run. I really have to work on fueling for my long runs too. I did but some tailwind nutrition (powder that you add to your water) it’s very mild, not super sweet. I have had a glass before my long runs and after, but not during (so far). I was lucky that my 14 miler on Sunday was cool–so I didn’t even bring water–but for the next one, I will drop bottles.
    Yay for football–but I am a Pats fan!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Oh, I might have to try Tailwind! I tend to avoid all powders that get added to water because they are so sickly sweet.

      Tom Brady was my fantasy football QB last year and earned me lots of points!

  3. Hanna

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOOOUUU! I hope you have a great day today! 🙂

    I’m totally with you about seeing why only 1% run marathons. I feel like training is taking over my life! Just think, come October, we get to call ourselves “1 percent-ers” 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      THANK YOU!

      Haha yes, we’ll be in the 1%! 😀

  4. Meg @ Meg Go Run

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! Did you tell us how old??? I think 28???

    Congrats on 16 miles! What an accomplishment! I have a feeling 18 is the next long one, am I right???

    I normally do not eat on a run unless I am going out for 4+ hours, which generally means I’m on the trail. Then I looooove peanut butter and jelly sandwiches!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you!

      Yep, I turned 2-8!

      The peanut butter doesn’t make you extra thirsty?? I do love the idea of eating PB anytime, any place, but I think it would make me too thirsty in the middle of a run!

  5. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I would love to eat during my runs, but I don’t think running for “just” 5km warrants that haha
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  6. Courtney @RunningforCupcakes

    Happy Birthday!!!
    Congrats on your 16 miler! I feel like you just described my 13 miler that I ran yesterday haha. I was so hungry, sweaty, and tired. I didn’t know what to do with myself! I really need to work on fueling because like you my legs felt fine but I was just so hungry and out of energy! Luckily that is what training runs are for!
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Exactly! Thank goodness we have time to figure it all out!

  7. Kim

    WooHoo – way to go!!!
    I’m no help on the fueling – I don’t eat on long runs, just lots of water.
    Love that you pushed yourself on the bridge at the end! You will definitely be able to do 10.2 more miles because you are so strong!!!
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  8. Kim

    Oh – and I forgot – HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope you are having the best day ever!!!
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  9. The running Schlub

    Happy birthday! Way to knock out those 16 miles, very nice job. I always try to bring gel shots on my long runs and usually take them every hour depending how I’m feeling or course.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Thank you! 🙂

      I hope your vacation was awesome and that you got some good running in!

  10. Jennifer

    Happy Birthday!! I am excited for football season, will be going to the Redskins v Patriots pre-season game this Thursday. Your description of the “trinity of long runs” was hilarious. I usually eat my shot blocks at least each hour (I think 3 cubes each).
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Ahhh have so much fun on Friday! I’m so happy that football is back!!!!!

  11. Kristen @ Glitter and Dust

    Happy Happy Birthday, Kristina!! I love that you are starting to get in to the longer mileage. This is a very exciting time as each week will be a new feat for you. Only two months until Portland! Woot! I think it is really smart that you are ending your long runs on a hill or incorporating more challenging terrain toward the end of your runs. This will be really helpful for the marathon. I have been trying to do the same. When it comes to running, my nutrition pretty much stays the same. I take a GU after 7 miles, 14 miles, and 21 miles. If anything else sounds good that they offer on the course, I will typically sneak that in too.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      The Portland course map looks really flat except for the bridge… I hope that the course really is as flat as it looks or I may be in for a day of pain!

  12. Amy

    Congrats on pushing through that long run. There is a reason training runs are called training runs: they get your body ready for what is to come next. It is not supposed to be easy this time, but maybe next time when you are running 18 miles, you will feel great through 16-17 miles because your body is accustomed to it.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I hope that is true!

      This run really reminded me of when I was training for my first half marathon. I remember my first 11 mile run was awful, but then the next week 12 miles felt pretty good. I hope that happens again!

  13. Ali @ Hit the Ground Running

    BOOM!!!! Way to go!! I am so proud of you.

    I definitely sometimes feel the “exhausted, but my legs feel fine” thing…I think it must be fueling! How often do you eat on the run? I try to eat every 3 or 4 miles depending on my total distance.
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      I’ve been eating a couple of chomps at 5, 8, 11 and 13 miles. On Saturday I had eaten all of the chomps in the bag by mile 13. It took me over 3.5 hours to run the 16 miles so I think maybe one more small thing might help me push through the last couple of miles … maybe just some kind of candy for a little extra sugar rush at the end!

  14. Jennifer @ The Final Forty

    Happy birthday!!!! 😀

    Yeah, so, I know exactly what you mean. First of all, I’m super impressed that you can go 10 miles on a treadmill! That right there makes you a badass. Haha.

    WTG on pushing through. I am TOTALLY with you. Your body is slowly getting used to the increased mileage…during your next long run, mile 1-16 likely won’t feel quite as bad! 🙂
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    1. Kristina @ Blog About Running

      Only half as badass as you running Dopey!!!!

      I really hope mile 16 feels easier next time. My legs are definitely still a bit sore, so I hope that means they are rebuilding and getting stronger!

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  16. Cori @ She's Going the Distance

    WHOA! 16 is awesome! So proud of you! As far as eating on those crazy long runs, you need to start early–like 30-45 minutes in and continue to sustain energy. Lauren will help you out with how to fuel, but i learned the hard way its not about consuming a full gel or full pack of energy gummies at once, it’s about eating a little at a time to keep giving your body sustained energy. Now’s the time to experiment! 🙂
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  18. Heather @ GirlGoesRunning

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

    Oh the trinity! I’ve been there. I usually take gels and chews along with nuun water on the long run. I sometimes get hungry but not often. I usually just eat the gels and chews because I know I need to fuel and they taste good. 😀
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