20 miles done!

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I know I owe a training recap from last week but I had to update the blog about this achievement: Last night I ran 20 miles!

I don’t know that I have words to adequately describe how I feel about what went down last night. I took off along my usual route, extended by two miles. I took it easy with my usual run/walk intervals. I was antsy to get going and had an adrenaline high the whole run. I took my friend Carolyn’s suggestions and loaded my ipod with house music so the whole run felt like I was dancing in the club. I turned around to head towards home near a familiar pier which I ran to the end of, coming back and seeing the entire coastline in front of me was incredible.

My lower body got tight around mile 14 so I pulled off and did some stretching. Once I knew that I was only a mile away from home I took a slightly longer walk break with the knowledge that if I did I wouldn’t have to take another. With my eye on the watch I saw the walk break was off and I took off like the wind sprinting to the end of the 20 mile run. Nothing hurt anymore, all I felt was adrenaline. I finished the run and did a little fish pump in the air. The high I experienced was completely unparalleled (so far)! It is true, running never takes more than it gives back. Running 20 miles takes a lot, my whole lower half was tight, but the feeling I got back was 1000x.

I walked it off, took an ice bath, ate dinner, drank water and iced my knees. It took a while for me to come down enough to sleep despite being totally beat. Luckily I woke up this morning and didn’t feel sore at all! Actually I feel fantastic, like I’d completed a light yoga class. Tomorrow I have an 8 miler so I can have a round 40 on the week.

In the past few months I’ve learned that marathon training takes a lot out of you. It cuts into your time, it seems to last forever, it leads to soreness, hunger, exhaustion and weird body quirks (I promise you don’t want to know) but yesterday reminded me why I am doing it and I cannot wait for three weeks from now when I am in Chicago.

Bring. It. On.

Thanks for all the support I’ve gotten via facebook, texts, twitter, the blog and email. You have no idea how much it means to me. I really appreciate it. You guys are the best!

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8 thoughts on “20 miles done!

  1. Girl, that’s amazing! I’m so envious of that runner’s high feeling. I’m even more impressed that you did it ALONE. I trained with TNT and was never alone for that long of a run…only on marathon day, which is still easily the best day of my life. Can’t wait for you to experience it.

  2. You did 20 miles AT NIGHT? Girl, you are my marathoning hero. Seriously, how did you go all day long and THEN have enough energy to crank that bad boy out? Damn Girl! So proud of you. You are going to have an AMAZING race after all this great training. Nice job!

  3. That’s awesome – I’m looking forward to that epic runner’s high when I start getting in some really long runs! You should do a post about how you fuel (pre- and post-run) if you haven’t already!

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  5. Yay! I just found you AND, in happy coincidence, found you on the day I finished my own first 20-miler. 🙂 I will be in Chicago for my first marathon next weekend, maybe we will be fist-pumping our finishes at the same time.

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