One month from today (depending on what time you’re reading this ) I’ll either be running the Walt Disney World Half Marathon or I’ll be 16.2 miles through my 42.4 mile weekend!
I can’t believe that it’s less than a month away – and I’m even more excited after my great training runs this weekend!
My plan was for back to back 10 and 20 mile runs on Friday and Saturday so I took the rest of the week pretty easy with a couple of short 3 mile runs and lots of yoga.
Friday I did an easy 10 miles using 3 minute run, 1 minute walk intervals – I normally don’t use run/ walk intervals for a run of this length, but for my Goofy training my goal is to conserve my legs and my energy for the 2nd day’s long run. Unfortunately it was cold and rainy so it wasn’t exactly the most pleasant run. I had a recovery drink, iced my knees and foam rolled to be ready to tackle 20 miles on Saturday.
After my 18 miler that went really well a few weeks ago I was almost looking forward to the 20 miles to see how it went (and make sure the good 18 miles wasn’t a total fluke!), but at the same time the memory of last year’s (HORRIBLE) 20 mile training run was in the back of my mind.
Saturday morning I procrastinated getting my run started hoping to wait out the rain and finally left around 11am when it had subsided to a sort of misty drizzle. My plan was to run 10 miles (again using 3 minute run, 1 minute walk intervals) and then stop back at the house for a fuel/ bathroom / dry off stop before heading out for the second half.
For some reason the first 10 miles were miserable. It was raining so I threw a light rain jacket on, but that extra layer made me too hot, my legs felt tired, I wasn’t really into the podcast I was listening to and I REALLY had to pee (note: don’t drink coffee AND Powerade right before a run!). When I got back to the house after what seemed like a REALLY long 10 miles I was dreading the 2nd half.
At the house I refilled my water bottles, snacked on my new favorite running fuel (pretzels and orange juice, don’t ask but it’s my favorite combination ever!) and convinced my sister to join me for a few miles – she’s running the half at WDW Marathon Weekend in January so she needed to get out there too!
I think having someone with me energized me for the next few miles because from then on I actually felt great! My sister ran miles 10-15 with me and then I left to finish up 15-20. I kept waiting for the stabbing pain in my piriformis and arches that I had last year to appear, but it never came – I swear it’s all the yoga I’ve been doing (check out my Yoga for Runner’s post)!
At mile 19 I started thinking about how good I felt and I thought, “hmm…maybe I’ll keep going!”. Then I thought about how crazy that was, who runs more than 20 miles when they weren’t planning it?? But when I got to the house at mile 20 I didn’t feel ready to stop…so I kept going! I did 2 extra miles (I didn’t want to do any more than that because it’s just not worth risking pushing my body too hard this close to marathon weekend) for a total of 22!
Ice, compression pants, foam rolling and stretching and I feel great, I honestly can’t believe it! I have one more back to back long run planned in 2 weeks (10 and 20 again), so fingers crossed it goes just as well!
Marathon Weekend can’t get here soon enough, I’m ready!