On Saturday I ran my last BIG run before the Portland Marathon.
Twenty miles. Thirty-two kilometers.
That’s three miles longer than any of my previous long runs, and while I was sore for a few hours afterwards, I gotta say it was a pretty great experience.
I mentally broke the run down into chunks of “just five miles, four times” and I think that really helped. Also, around mile 17 that runner’s high hit and man was I feeling good! That was unexpected and I can only pray that something like that happens in Portland!
I didn’t listen to music for the first half of the run, but around mile 13 I turned it on and that gave me a nice boost.
There are certain songs I know I can turn to when I absolutely need motivation. When I was training for my first half marathon “Lose Yourself” by Eminem was my theme song.
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one chance, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime, yo!
Feet fail me not, this may be the only opportunity that I got!
The theme song for my marathon training cycle has been “Run This Town” by Jay-Z. Sometimes I just listen to the intro over and over because it reminds me of crossing the starting line at a race so much.
I mean, doesn’t that say it all?
-You feel the excitement building as you’re waiting in your corral
– The crowd starts cheering as the gun goes off
– The THRILL of crossing the starting line is pretty amazing right?!
– Plus, you can’t be scared after the race starts, you have to just trust your training and believe you’re going to reach your goal.
This song is everything.
Oh yeah, and then there’s the chorus….
Life’s a game but it’s not fair
I break the rules so I don’t care
I keep doing’t my own thing
Walking tall against the rain
VICTORY’S WITHIN THE MILE
ALMOST THERE DON’T GIVE UP NOW
Only thing that’s on my mind
Is who’s gonna run this town tonight
C’mon, this song was made to be listened to while running!! Just typing these lyrics has me pumped up for my next run!!!!!
Speaking of running, I can’t believe I’m entering the taper. This training cycle has FLOWN by! I literally feel like just yesterday I was blogging about my first 14-miler! This coming Saturday I have a 12-miler and then I’ll do an 8-miler the weekend before Portland.
When I started training in July, 12 miles was my long run. Now I’m like, “oh 12 miles, is that it?” That amuses me!!!! And makes me really happy! 😀 😀 😀 😀
You guys…. I RAN 20 MILES!
That’s gonna make me happy all week long!
How did your weekend run go?
Football? (I don’t want to talk about that)