Tuesday, August 9, 2011

18 Miles...CHECK!

Today I completed the longest run of my marathon training so far. 18 miles! Oh yeah!
Last night I got everything ready...my camelback, my ipod, my garmin, my running clothes, my GUs...man it takes a lot to be a runner huh?!
I set the alarm for 6AM and went to bed ready to tackle my long run this week! I'm not gonna lie, I was DREAMING about being finished with this run. I know pretty nerdy. I kept waking up thinking it was time to get up. Man I really need to get more of a life outside of running! ;)
Before I knew it the alarm was going off and I was rolling out of bed to start my 18 miles.
I'm pretty sure that I was still half asleep for the first 3 miles, but after that I snapped out of it and really started feeling good. It is such a confidence booster when you can run like that and still feel good afterwards. Maybe I actually will complete this marathon! :)
I ate one GU at 7 miles and then the other at 14. And I stopped at 13 miles to refill my camelback. Here are the splits:
  • Mile 1: 10:08
  • Mile 2: 9:50
  • Mile 3: 9:32
  • Mile 4: 9:30
  • Mile 5: 9:08
  • Mile 6: 9:04
  • Mile 7: 9:03
  • Mile 8: 9:27
  • Mile 9: 9:06
  • Mile 10: 9:06
  • Mile 11: 9:22
  • Mile 12: 9:06
  • Mile 13: 9:25
  • Mile 14: 9:12
  • Mile 15: 9:02
  • Mile 16: 8:46
  • Mile 17: 8:20
  • Mile 18: 8:24
Total Time: 2:47:12 
Those are some weird splits! The first mile was slow because after about half a mile I got a nose bleed! I had to stop and walk for a bit and I almost turned around and came back home. But I kept walking and after a few minutes it stopped. I took it easier for the first few miles after that just in case, but it never came back. Weird huh?! I also worked on picking it up and paying more attention to my pace on the way home. The first half of my long runs I usually don't even look at my Garmin and just try to stay at a comfortable pace. I am pretty proud of my time thought, because I was really planning for about 3 hours.
Good thing I have the rest of the day off because I am taking it easy! I have a Target date with the boy tonight when he gets off work. Gotta replenish that toothpaste and paper towels. Oh we live exciting lives :)
I leave you with one of my favorite pictures from the Double Birthday Weekend:
Anyone else have any good runs this week? Any long runs planned?!


  1. Congrats!! It's a great feeling when you finish a long run and still feel great. I'm nervous about getting to these type of long runs for my marathon training.

  2. Amazing run! You made some great time too! Thankfully, my runs are pretty short for the next couple of weeks. My next race is only a 10-miler so I can chill out for a while! Love that picture of you two by the way!

  3. Wow! Great job on the 18 miler!! I did 24K this weekend and it went well. This weekend is race weekend with a 10 miler and next weekend is my 30K race! It should be fun :)

  4. Wow good job on your run! I'm super impressed by your splits!

  5. 18 miles, you rock girl!! You will do awesome on your marathon!!

  6. Cute picture!!

    YAYYYYYY that's amazing!!

  7. 18 miles is amazing. I'm totally jealous.


  8. 18 miles!? Sheesh lady, you are kicking butt...or should I say assphalt? :)

    As for my long runs - I did a 15 km on Sunday...a7.5 this morning, and heading out for a 10km tm morning.

    Keep up the solid training!!!

  9. You really make me want to get back into running! I think ti would be so fun for a bunch of bloggers to run a race together. Too bad I'm so dang slow I'd be left in everyone's dust! ;)

  10. Great job girl....my longest so far is 13...can't wait to get up there too! :)