Before I share what an awesome 20 miler I had on Sunday, I first want to share the goals for the week:
Sunday: 20 miles (DONE)
Monday: 4 mile recovery (moved to Tuesday)
Tuesday: Re-scheduled 4 miler
Wednesday: 6 miler (speed work)
Friday: 4 miles
Saturday night after I blogged, I got all my stuff ready to go for Sunday. We were running at a new location and I wasn't sure exactly how long it would take me to get there so I wanted to leave a little early to make sure I was there on time. I filled my water bottles, 2 with water, 2 with nun tabs, and put them in the fridge, laid out my outfit, charged the ipod, Garmin, etc.
When the alarm went off at 5:00 it was easier than normal to get up because of the time change. I spent 25 minutes foam rolling, stretching and eating - a banana and 2 spoonfulls of peanut butter. Technically I am sure you should eat more but honestly, that is all I could stomach that early in am. I woke up Kevin (who was less than thrilled) and we were out the door by 6 am.
The run started in Folsom and I was excited to have new scenery to look at! Our group meets at 7:00 am and we arrived at the meeting spot at 6:40 am. Since we were early we drove a mile back down the road to find a bathroom. For some reason I was super nervous - almost like running a race.
After a quick pep talk and a description of the course we would be running we were off. It was pretty cold at 7:00 am but knowing I get cold quickly I opted for shorts, a tank and my arm warmers. I was SO glad I did because by mile 2 the arm warmers were already pushed down around my wrists.
The first eight miles of the course looped around Folsom lake. The lake was so calm and peaceful. Here is a shot of the lake around mile 4.
At around mile 8 we entered the bike trail on Hazel Ave (one of our normal paths) and ran 4.5 miles towards Sunrise, turned around, and then ran 4.5 miles back. At one point we were running past a grove around mile 12 and Kevin and I were alone on the trail. We looked over and no more than 20 yards away was a coyote!! Yikes - nothing like a coyote sighting to make you run a little faster. We had to run past the same grove on the double back and I was frantically looking for him but he was nowhere to be found. Although, we were so focused looking for him in the grove that when we gave up looking I looked toward the river and there he was in the bushes - no more than 6 feet from us!!!! I wished I could have gotten a picture but in the moment my camera was the last thing on my mind.
Once we finished the 4.5 double back it was 3 more miles on the other side of the lake back to the start/finish. This is when things got a little rough. I wasn't tired but the bottoms of my feet and knees were killing me. There goes Kevin - determined to finish those last 3 miles strong.
Total Distance: 20 Miles
Total Time: 3:34:XX
Average: 10:42 min/mile
The first 17 miles were amazing - my pace ranged from a 9:53 min/mile to a 10:32 min/mile. I took my GU and Shot Bloks (opted not to do gummies that morning) every 5 miles and that seemed to work well. The best part was I felt strong the whole way. Around mile 17 though the pain in my feet was getting a little too much to handle and the majority of the trail was in the sun so I was really hot. During miles 17 and 18 I took some walk breaks which upped my overall pace but ran a fairly strong last mile. Overall, though I have to say I was happy with my run and it still puts me on track to run a sub-5 marathon.
See, I am still smiling after 20! :)
The rest of the day was spend studying, (boo), and having friends over for dinner to watch Game 4 of the World Series (yay!).
Today, my legs are sore, but not as sore as there were after last weeks 17. As I type I am icing my knees.
In other news we (or I should say Kevin) are trying to teach the dogs NOT to sleep on the couches, although, I am such a sucker and usually let them up when he is not home. However, I promised him this week I would work on getting them to sleep in their beds while I was on the couch. Success on the first night!
I also came across this article on another blog - http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/sports/01runners.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=marathon&st=cse about people cheating the 26.2 distance and still trying to say they ran a marathon. It might be hard but to me there is nothing like being able to say you accomplished the real thing. It doesn't surprise me in the least, but just so sad that people feel the need to do it.
Well, off to study - 4 weeks of law school left - EVER!! :)