Sunday, May 8, 2011

it's a good day to be a mother

I ran 18 miles today.

Ok, so I walked/ran 18 miles today - my longest run to date!!  I decided to do a run 10 minutes/walk 1 minute plan to try to keep my hip happy and, frankly, I thought it would increase my chances of finishing this run.

The Husband.  Cute, ain't he?
The husband, aka my roadie, went along for the ride.  Literally.  He biked alongside me for the entire 18 miles, refilled my water bottles that fit on my STUPID fuel belt (which really must be replaced - I hate it. But I digress), and he kept my supplies of GU and honey(badger) stingers at the ready.  Having him with me, encouraging me, supporting me and making me laugh got me through a rather tough run.  I can't even imagine how incredibly boring it must have been for him to pedal s-l-o-w-l-y along the trail for 3.5 hours while I shuffled to my 18 mile goal.  He's amazing.  Damn, I'm lucky!

So.  The run.
I felt great for the first 10 miles and my pacing was right around 10:40 minute miles.  Then the hip started to complain and really became a major pain in the ass after about 13 miles.  I ended up walking more than running for the last 5 miles due to the pain, but finished relatively strong by running the last mile in about 11 minutes.  My overall pace when all was said and done was 12:00 miles.  I'll take it!

Once home, I got some pretty great gifts from the kids and then took an 18 minute ice bath (one minute for every mile!) and I'm feeling pretty good tonight for the most part, although tired.

The husband continued to go above and beyond - he made yet another fabulous dinner (cooked while I took a little nap) and then he did the dishes.  How did I ever land this guy??

Happy Day to all the Mothers out there!


  1. 18!!! I have that on the schedule for this weekend, and I'm nervous about it. ugh. GREAT JOB!!

    and happy Mother's Day!

  2. Nice catch. He's cute! Clone him and send him North please. Errr... emm... for my friends... hehehehe.....

    Great run Nora. You rock.

  3. I'm enjoying following your blog since I too am training for Grandma's Marathon! I ran it last year and loved it so I'm signed up again for 2011. I've done many half marathons in my day but never had the time to train for the full until now. I've got 19 this coming weekend and am scrambling to find some running friends to keep me company. We usually can coordinate our long runs so we're not alone but somehow this weekend is busy for everyone. Your hubby is so nice to tag along for 18 long miles!

    Looking forward to reading more about your training!

  4. @Bobbi - I'm sitting here today thinking, "Holy crap! I ran (more or less) 18 miles yesterday!" And I get to do it again this Saturday. Yikes!! You will rock your 18 this weekend! Hope you had a great Mother's Day too!
    @Suzy - the husband loved your comment! :)
    @Bridget - welcome and thanks for reading! Glad to hear you loved running Grandma's. I'm both excited and terrified! I hope you're able to find someone to run with this weekend, the long distances are so much easier when you have company. You're right about the husband, he's pretty amazing! :)


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