|Dorks 'R Us. I lost one of my gels in the mile 6 porta-potty. |
I have to say, I looked like an absolute tool with this belt on.
And having my number on the belt was not going to happen.
It would have driven me crazy. I pinned it to my shirt instead.
I repeat, I RAN 20 miles yesterday.
I did the Stillwater Marathon 20 miler and it was an amazing day for me. I was actually quite anxious before the race and wasn't sure I was going to be able to do it. Remember, I'm the spazz with all the injuries and pains that slow me down. I'm also not mentally tough when it comes to running. I'm really kind of a wuss. Plus, 20 miles is a long way to run.
|Ladies and Gentlemen - start your Garmins!|
My trainer, TenacityChris, had given me strict instructions that I was not, NOT, under any circumstances to run faster than 11:30 minute miles. Here is the excerpt from my training plan:
Stillwater 20 miler: Nothing faster than 11:30 pace –This is time on your feet running NOT RACING. You WILL sacrifice Grandma’s if you race this as you’ll need so much recovery time from racing that you’ll not be ready to run Grandma’s!!! Listen to Coach!!!! Any time you think about speeding up I want Tenacity Chris in your ear saying, NO NO NO !!! ICE BATH AND CARB REPLACEMENT POST RUN!
Ah yes, she knows me well, Grasshopper.
I tried, I REALLY tried to stay slow. I would feel myself speeding up and look at Garmin Electra and tell myself to back off, slow down, be smart..... But I'm pleased to say that it was damn hard to consistently go that slow!! I'm hoping that is a positive sign for Grandma's and that I'll be able to finish the race strong.
|About mile 4. The belt is NOT |
flattering. A spray tan before
Grandma's might be a good idea too.
Highlights of my run:
1. Meeting a fellow runner named Misty who has only been running for 7-8 months. She was wearing a shirt that said, "100 pounds lost and still losing!" We ran together for a couple of miles - she providing inspiration to me due to her accomplishments, and I'm happy to say that I was able to lift her spirits as we climbed the second largest of one of the MANY hills. She saw the hill and said, "We have to go up that thing?" I told her, "You've lost 100 pounds! Think of that!! That hill is NOTHING compared to that!" She thanked me for helping me over that hurdle before I moved on. It felt great to be able to do that! Like me, she's training for Grandma's so this was also her longest run to date. It was so awesome to see her head toward the finish line!
2. Seeing many members of my family around mile eleven. I almost started to cry when I saw them. I had planned to stop for a photo op but was afraid I'd melt into a weepy puddle so I just kept going. How wonderful to hear them cheering for me!
3. Right after mile 16 I heard people screaming my name - it was DD and her boyfriend. "You're the strongest mama, EVER!" "I love you, Mom!" More music to my ears!
4. The husband. Went with me to the start. Calmed my nerves. Drove to a bunch of different points on the race to take pictures and cheer me on. Met me at the finish. He's amazing.
|Finishing strong! Yay for me!|
5. Wonder of wonders, this was a remarkably easy run. Keeping the pace slow helped tremendously, and the weather was absolutely PERFECT. I'm amazed that I was totally comfortable the whole way. Never felt tired or out of breath. It was a little Memorial Day Weekend miracle, folks.
I'm happy to say that my right ankle was not a HUGE issue, however, it was definitely an issue so it will need some sorting out before Grandma's. It got pretty painful and then the left ankle started bitching too, so I'm guessing it's my faulty anatomy. Shoe inserts, maybe?
Here are my splits. (My official time was 3:45:24. Garmin Electra time is faster because apparently, unlike Garmin Electra, the "official" clock doesn't get paused when you use the porta-potty.) Had to stop and stretch the old hip a couple of times during mile 18. Please note that my last mile (which I have obnoxiously highlighted) was my fastest. Yeah, baby!!!