Phew...I did it.  I ran my first 20 miler today...and it didn't kill me (but it was enough to make me want nothing more than to sit and stare at a wall for the rest of the holiday, instead of making the annual trek to spend the day with friends in Grand Rapids -- sorry, guys!).  Actually, it was better than my 18 miler 2 weeks ago.  My knee still bothered me, but it tends to sort of kick-in and never get worse...just sorta maintains a general level of annoyance that I can kind of ignore, especially once the rest of me starts to feel uncomfortable, kind of like pinching oneself to help distract from pain elsewhere in the body.

I was up at 6am to allow myself time for coffee and breakfast (fried egg and a banana) with plans to be on the road by 8, but my body had other ideas.  Let's just say that the coffee was still working its magic and leave it at that. ;)

I ran a mile and already had to pee, so I made a quick stop at the public toilet on the trail, then off I went for about 13.5 miles before I stopped again to pee (back at the same toilet), refill my water bottle, and stretch a bit for the last 5.5 miles.

Not once did I feel that miserable "OMG, I can't take another step" feeling, which was nice.  I got away early enough to not have to run with much heat and to take advantage of more morning shade and there was a nice breeze, too.  During the last 2 miles I did have some twinges of cramping starting in my right calf, so I need to probably bring some Endurolytes or S-Caps capsules for extra electrolytes, in addition to the minimal amount found in Gatorade and gels (of which I had 3...one was a kind I've never tried that DH got from a cycling buddy.  It was nasty.  WAY too sweet and artificial tasting.  Had I taken that towards the end I probably woulda hurled it.  I MUCH prefer my Carb Boom gels...a little more tart than sweet, so they don't upset my stomach).

I'm feeling pretty good about this marathon thing.  One more 20 mile long run in 2 weeks, then nearly 3 weeks of taper before race day.  So my knee should be in even better shape by then.  I've been using the Superfeet insoles for 3 weeks and feel a ton better (especially on the long runs), so I figure that another 5 weeks, including several weeks of reduced taper mileage should really have me in good shape on race day...I hope.


  1. wtg girl...! let me just say that you flat out rawk. 'nuff said.

  2. Congrats on finishing 20! That is awesome! Hang in there during the almost final stretch.

  3. Thanks - I tell ya', it's finally feeling like the "end" is in sight. :)

  4. Great job, k! Good to read that the big 2-0 run went well for you! Always a confidence booster. You're gonna do great on 10-5! ;-)

  5. Way to go! I also found my 20 miler easier than my 18 mile run. Not sure why....

    As to your earlier post about feeling fatigued, it may be a few things. First and foremost, your body may just need a rest - perhaps you should add an additional rest day into your schedule. The other thing it could be is that you may need to eat more. I was originally trying to shed a few pounds while starting my marathon training and found that when my mileage started to ramp up I didn't have a lot of energy. When I started eating more I felt a lot better.

    Good luck!!!

  6. Heh...if only I really could be undereating, but the scale suggests otherwise.

    I think the fatigue is mostly a lack of quality sleep thing. It's been stuffy in our room at night for the past few weeks. I can't wait for consistently cool night weather. Right now it's often too cool for the window A/C unit to run much, but too warm and muggy at night to just have the windows open.

    Tomorrow is supposed to be a cross-training day, but I may just sit around and do nothing...and/or take a nap now that the rugrat is back in school. :D

  7. Congratulations on the 20 miles! I hope to be where you are someday. Great job!

    Thanks for commenting on my brand new blog, btw. I'm the one who's just started the C25K, and I've been posting a little on the RA boards. Saw your Ron Burgundy post and was relieved that I'm not the only one. LOL :)

  8. Wow. 20 miles is awesome. You are my hero. Seriously. I'm getting excited to hear all about your marathon!

    Great job!!

  9. Thanks, girls!

    Shannan--I have no doubt that you can one day train for and run a marathon, too. I started C25k almost 2.5 years ago and have consistently kept at it. That's the real key to it all...consistency. I'm not fast, but I keep on keepin' on. :D