14 Miles …. Done!
Happy 4th of July!!!!!
If we’re Instagram buddies then you might already know my exciting news: I made it through the 14-miler last night!
I even did it about 30 seconds per mile faster than I expected to thanks to some rainy weather that dropped the temps down to 80 degrees!
Also thanks to the rainy weather I was treated to a pretty a rainbow for the majority of my run.
Three Things About the 14-Miler That Stood Out to Me:
1. I did not nail my nutrition. I had a plan all worked out in my head yesterday morning but then my work day got off track and everything got screwed up. Around mile 11 I started getting really hungry.
Not surprisingly I hit mile 11 at just about the time that I normally eat dinner.
When I do 15 miles in a couple of weeks I think the end will go a lot better because I’ll be running during my normally scheduled day/time and will be on top of my nutrition.
2. I cannot split up my long runs by starting outside and then going to the treadmill. If I want to split up my long runs I’m going to have to start at the gym and then finish outside.
Last night I did 8 miles outdoors, ran 1 mile on the treadmill and then I had to finish the rest outside. The gym was FREEZING compared to the outside temps and my body didn’t like it. Good to know for future reference!
If you’re thinking about splitting up your long runs, please keep this in mind. I think the cold of the gym made my leg muscles feel a bit sore prematurely.
3. I genuinely just love running. I feel like I’ve been complaining about the heat a lot lately, but really I don’t mind it so much. Running makes me feel accomplished, strong and happy. Thanks, endorphins!
Also a BIG thank you to everyone who commented, tweeted, Instagrammed or Facebook’d your support yesterday. I really, really, really appreciated it!
I had my phone in my hand while I was running and seeing your Instagram comments and likes come in during the run was seriously awesome.
Our running community is so cool : )
…. I’m on my way to 26.2! That’s kind of crazy!
Do you have any long run rituals? A certain snack you always have? Or a drink that you like to sip at a specific mile marker?
– I’m not good at drinking and running at the same time so I always slow down to a walk for my water breaks at the same spots!
HAVE A GREAT 4TH of JULY!
PS: HAPPY WEDDING DAY to Richard the Running Schlub and his new Mrs!