Saturday, October 2, 2010

Twenty Miles!!!!!!

After last weeks disastrous run, I was really hoping for a strong run.  I had a good solid week of workouts and everything felt pretty good.  The plan was to meet at Nancy's at 6am.  She only wanted to do 10 because she is running a 5K later on today and she is in taper mode for her marathon.  I, however, am not.  I have this planned 20 and then another 20 planned for October 16th.  With this plan, it meant that I would have to run 10 miles by myself which is a good challenge.  The first 10 miles on the run, we ran fast.  Nancy is trying to break 4 hours in her marathon on October 17 so I was along for the fast ride.  I felt fine but knew I wouldn't be able to hold that pace after Nance left.  Here's the stats:
 20 Miles 3:13:12 9:39 pace
Mile 1: 8:56
Mile 2: 9:01
Mile 3: 8:59
Mile 4: 9:10
Mile 5: 9:12
Mile 6: 9:21
Stopped by water and have some Luna Moons
Mile 7: 9:03
Mile 8: 9:09
Mile 9: 9:21
Mile 10: 9:37
Stopped to put in my earphones and eat the rest of the Luna Moons
Mile 11: 9:21
Mile 12: 9:40
Mile 13: 9:43
Half Marathon- 2:01
Mile 14: 10:11
Stopped to buy gatorade
Mile 15: 10:38
Hilly road, feeling slow but trucking on
Mile 16: 9:49
Mile 17: 10:33
Mile 18: 10:16
Passing the street to turn back to Nancy's, realize I am going to be a mile short so add on a mile...
Mile 19: 10:49
... a really hard mile. 
Mile 20: 10:27
Reach Nancy's street at 20.  Decide to walk back to my car instead of run the extra half mile. Finished feeling happy! Another 20 under my belt!

Obviously after Mile 14 I started to fade a lot.  I was holding on and repeating the mantra: "I will not let running torture me." Honestly, I really felt so good cardio-vascularly, but my legs weren't moving too fast.  But I'm happy.  Another 20 Miler down!  One more to go before NY 11/7/10.  Bring it on NY!  I'm excited now!!!

And for all you marathon newbies who are in taper mode- read this post I wrote before my first marathon.  You can do it!

One more note... this was my pre-run fuel last night. 

Nothing beats Vegetarian pizza from our local pizza shop.  Mmmmm... Pizza is the best fuel, right Jen?


  1. Awesome! How did the foot hold up?

  2. Amen to pizza and 20 miles! You rocked it!

    Thank you for your supportive comments. I just read your pre-marathon post and loved it. The concept of tapering is so foreign and makes me a little crazy. I am always looking to the vets for advice!

  3. I can't even imagine running 20 miles. You rock!!!

  4. Wow. I'm so impressed with your running. You're amazing. Your friend is inspiring as well.

    Pizza is definitely the best fuel!

  5. hey girlie!!
    most delicious fuel ever! and congrats on the 20-mi!! whoop whoop! u rocked it not only physically, but mentally as well!
    I hope youve been having a great weekend!

  6. Woo hoo! What an awesome 20. I'm itching to get a 20-miler under my belt. I think I'm gonna go for 18 next weekend.

  7. Congrats on 20 miles! you are ready for the marathon (seriously, no need to do more and risk injury!) That pizza is WELL deserved :)

  8. Great job on the run Lizzy! I love the "I will not let running torture me". It's supposed to be enjoyable, right?

  9. I don't know you, Lizzy, but amt thrilled to have found your blog! I live on the VT border (NH) and am training for a marathon as well. I have run two in the past and several 1/2 marathons. Tomorrow evening will be a 16 miler under a hopefully bright moon sky!

    Anyhow, love the recipes and reading about someone with the same interests. Many thanks! Robin