Yesterday Mike and I ran our second 20+ run of this training cycle! We only have one more and then it is time to taper! The last one is a little bit different, though, because we are doing a duathlon on the Saturday (5K run, 20 mile bike, 5K run) and then a half marathon on the Sunday. Not the best way to do our last "20 miler" but it will have to do, and it is going to be challenging and faster than we would do a normal 20 anyway.
I thought I would share what goes on in my head during a long run. I did this once before for our 19 miler last training cycle and thought it was time to share again!
Wow, this wind is BRUTAL!
I think we are going too fast, we should slow down a little bit.
I don't like this fuel belt.
"Hey girl, that fuel belt makes your butt look good".
I really wish I didn't have to hold this paper anymore. (It had our route on it)
This strawberry Clif Shot energy gel tastes like honey.
I wish Mike's fuel belt would stop squeaking!
Look at those Great Danes (there were three of them)! Their ears are sticking up over the fence, so funny!
We have been on NY 31 for FOR. EV. ER. How much longer? (We were on there for about 8 miles)
Aww, Bernabi Road. I call Bernie, "Bernabie" sometimes.
That hill was a killer, I'm tired now!
Finally we are turning! Hopefully no more wind in our faces, now.
Look at those cute horses, they have purple jackets on!
I'm ready to be at the canal path now.
Just get to Jess (our friend who ran the last 7 miles with us).
Is that Jess? No, I think it's just a sign.
Is that Jess?? Yes, it is!
I want to move (still in Rochester - we were talking about new houses).
We haven't seen many other runners out today.
Where is that tailwind we should have right now?! So cruel.
Aww, crap. I don't want to have to stop at this crosswalk! (The only time we stopped during the run, for 5 seconds, we didn't walk either).
I can't believe Mike just put his energy gel packet in that donation box!
I'm sure Mike had a garbage plate yesterday for lunch (after Jess said having a garbage plate wouldn't be great fuel for running - and yes he did have one for lunch).
I'm starting to get tired, and Jess and Mike are getting away from me.
Just catch up to Jess.
I don't think I'm going to do the 21 miles we had planned, but I'll do a little over 20.
Running is not fun right now.
Just get to the dog park.
Just get to that overpass.
Jess is done, new PDR for her! I just have a little bit to go.
Look at Mike go, he's going to do the 21 miles.
Just get to that flag. I'm over 20 miles.
I'm going to stop now! 20.08 miles not bad!
Well, there you have it. That's what I think about while running long. I ended up doing 20.08 (yes that .08 is important) miles and Mike did 21, new PDR for him as well! We both held under 10 minute pace the entire time (9:52 average pace for me and 9:49 average pace for Mike).
I'm feeling confident going in to Cleveland, especially since we have now done two 20 plus milers this training cycle. Last time we only did one and it didn't go as well as these two have (we stopped, we walked, etc).
What do you think about while running?