And it was only by accident! What was supposed to be a 24-mile long run turned into a marathon after I misjudged my distance back home ;)
Here’s a brief recap:
I woke up at 5:45am (no, really!!!) and had (only) 1 cup of coffee and a vitamin. Got dressed. Took a Pocketfuel Chocolate Espresso Almond Butter “gel” and had about 10 ounces of water and another 1/2 cup of coffee. Out the door at 6:30am. Temps were good – about 79 degrees with a light wind.
My stomach was kinda iffy so I looped around my subdivision for the first 10 miles. I had to stop back home twice (TMI). Had another 10 ounces of water. I felt okay after that, so I headed out of the subdivision and onto my other usual route.
I took a Gu Espresso gel at 20 miles and did a mental check-up: feet good (shoes: New Balance Vazee Pace, socks: Thorlo Experia), stomach okay, intervals (:20/:30) going good, mouth: meh.
At 22 miles I was starting to get hot, and all of a sudden dying of thirst. Luckily I came across some guy watering his lawn, so I “borrowed” his hose to wet myself down and take a few drinks. And remove all the salt from my face!
Since I just had a couple miles to go (I was only planning on 24) I changed my route around a little bit, but I still misjudged the distance back home. When I realized I would be at 25 miles by the time I got back to my subdivision was when I decided to just go for it and run a marathon!
I ended up running 26.3 miles in 5:19:44. A little bit slower than my marathon goal, but considering this was just a training run I’m overall satisfied. And using the :20/:30 intervals really helped with endurance!
So yeah, that’s about it.
I RAN A MARATHON TODAY!!
Weight: 116.2 pre-run and 109.8 post-run
While I’m really not hungry, I am craving some spicy pickle chips and a Starbucks Iced Mocha Soy Latte.
11 thoughts on “I Ran a Marathon Today!”
That’s awesome, well done!!! I doubt I’ll ever accidentally run a marathon haha!
Great job and great time!! You obviously need some salt and fluids.
Yes I did! All better now, thanks :)
I would’ve started walking the minute I got to mile 24 if that’s what the plan called for. Although I suspect I’d be crawling, not walking, by then!
Thanks! I think if my upcoming race was “just” a marathon, I’d have stopped at 24, but since I’m aiming for 50k this really sealed my confidence that I can do it!
Nothing like a confidence boosting run. :)
So proud of you, my friend! I had no doubt that you could do it, but now YOU know you can do it! :-)
Thank you so much! Yes, now I’m completely ready for the race!! :)
Hi Laura. I don’t think I’ve ever ran more than 4 consecutive miles in one day. I think this might be the most ambitious post I’ve read all summer. To say the least, I’m impressed. Also, I love that you asked the man watering his lawn if you could borrow his hose. It feels like people are so afraid to be familiar with one another these days. . I wish you, All the Best for your Marathon :)
Thank you Seema!!