The 20 mile run and a winner!!!!!

Yesterday was one “those” runs. Those runs that make you wonder what you are doing! Yesterday was the farthest I will go before the marathon…the 20 miler! I am sure it doesn’t help that for several nights in a row now I have not gone to bed early enough, and to top it off haven’t been sleeping that well.

I knew it was going to be tough when by mile 3 I was ready to be done. I don’t think I have ever looked at my watch as many times as I did during yesterday’s run. I questioned my sanity more times than I want to admit. I almost stopped so many times. At first I told myself, just get to mile 8. Then I told myself just get the goal pace miles done. Then when I finished those I told myself to go as slow as I wanted….but wait…I had already done the hard part. I could hold an 8 minute pace for 6 miles. For the last 6 miles I kept telling myself if I didn’t finish it out, I would have to do the whole thing over again from the beginning :)…that worked, I was NOT quitting.


This is the first run so far in my training that has me questioning my time goal. I was able to hit all the paces that I wanted to…but it just felt so hard and most of it was a moderate pace. I did 6 miles at marathon goal pace , and for some reason those miles felt the best out of all 20!

My goal was to do 8 miles moderate pace (8 min mile), 6 miles at marathon goal pace (7:22), and 6 miles back at moderate (8 min). Here is what it looked like

8:07, 7:58, 7:57, 7:59, 7:50,7:54, 8:02, 8:05, 7:20,7:22, 7:19, 7:17, 7:17, 7:20, 8:04, 7:59, 7:58, 8:00, 7:57, 7:42

20 miles at an average 7:46 pace. I am happy with the pace…just not the way I felt. Let me just be blunt…I HATE fueling! I brought a pack of honey stinger chews and a carb boom gel. I normally only do the chews, but I am trying to like gels. For some reason today the chews did not agree with me. I had 3 of them and my stomach was not happy. This makes for a great time to try out the gel…gels take 2. I managed to get 1/2 of it down…but there is just something about them! Conclusion….my fuel situation is not worked out yet.

This run has me feeling very nervous for the last 6.2! Actually it tends to be the last 5 for me that just go downhill. Those who can negative split a marathon are super heroes!!!

So…do I keep my time goal? The answer I have come to is yes. I will keep shooting for my goal, but I do it realizing it is not the end of the world if I don’t get it. I also realize it would have to be a perfect race for me!


Today I would have loved to spend the whole rest of the day foam rolling or putting my feet up… such luck! We had a busy school day and some friends over. We also have our first soccer game tomorrow and a family fun day at church!

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The girls are building a bridge for a school project as we learn more about the states!!!



AND THE WINNER IS……………………Nicole @ Work in Sweats Mama!!! Please email me so we can get you your socks!!!!!

(Note: If winner does not contact me within one week, a follow-up winner will be selected)

Anybody else have a run not go as planned (let’s face it, everyone has!)?

What do you do after a long run?


  1. Miranda says

    I had my longest long run of 10 miles today & have questioned my sanity… & my trainers. I have a constant blood blister on my left little toe that won’t go. Is it dangerous to have a permenant blister? My husband told me I might have to cut my toe off but I think he’s being dramatic?!? I broke my miles down into chunks of 2 miles from the car to the town, 3 miles round the town, another 3 miles round the town, then 2 miles back to the car & bribed myself with the new Runners World magazine!! Well done on sticking to your race pace x

    • Jen says

      Congrats on your 10!!!! I am so sorry about your blood blister! I have never had one, but have read that you can put witch hazel on them and that helps- I have no idea if it actually works or not though :). I think if it doesn’t bother you it probably isn’t dangerous…if it does bother you I would try several different ways to get rid of it and if doesn’t go away maybe just call and ask a doctor what they think.

  2. says

    Ugh, I’m sorry your run didn’t go as well as you’d hoped – that’s so frustrating! I’ve had my fair share of those runs too, and they are a blow to my self-esteem. BUT, better to have a rough training run, than a rough race! I’m glad you’re keeping your time goal because I totally believe you’ll get that 3:15 🙂
    Congrats to Nicole for winning the giveaway!

  3. says

    Sometimes after a long run, I’ll wander around the mall. I tend to be mentally wound up and the slower walking keeps the stiffness from setting in. Other times I’ll just sit down with a book or in front of the television…no science there! I use gels when I run and chews on my bike. I just find the gels easier to carry than shot blocks. I’m also a little afraid of my stomach reacting to the chews on a run. Keep your time goal, but recognize that some adaptation may need to happen on the day of the marathon. Congrats on getting your twenty behind you!

    • Jen says

      I am amazed that you have enough energy to wander the mall! It is probably good to do actually! Thanks, I am going to keep my time goal and go into with a plan b and c too :). It feels great to have the 20 done!

  4. says

    Important things first – congrats on an awesome 20-miler! I don’t know if any 20-milers actually feel good, and you rocked yours!! If you weren’t feeling your best and still ran that fast, think what you’ll be able to do on race day, with all of your prep behind you and adrenaline coursing through your veins?!

    YAY about the socks! Will drop you an email now!

  5. says

    Congrats on the 20 miler and killing it!! That is really a great pace to keep up when you’re feeling that badly. I recently tried GU Chomps. I find they are MUCH better then GU and I only have to take one at a time and they are like rocket fuel for me.
    So glad Nicole won the socks b/c she is awesome!!!!

    • Jen says

      Thanks! It is just a total fuel issue! The gels just don’t agree with me…no matter how much I want to like them, I might just have to move on 🙂

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