I Ran a Marathon Today!

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 ;)

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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!

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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.


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!

  1. 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 :)

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