Thursday, September 19, 2013

Determination

If you asked me a year ago if I thought I would willingly plan to run an 18 miler after working 8 hours on a Wednesday night in the fall, I would have told you that you were crazy! However, that's exactly what Mike and I did yesterday.

 Boom!

Due to our race this weekend, we had to move our 18 miler to sometime during the week. The only day that I am done "early" is on Wednesdays. I had suggested it at first, not really thinking we would do it but then I knew we had to if we wanted to get our long run in this week. Mike agreed and at 4:50pm we set out for 18 miles.

The route was somewhat hilly in the beginning, and we kept up a really good pace! I told Mike that it was hard to remember that it was a long run since it was so late in the day, so I worried that we wouldn't be able to hold on to our 9:30ish pace. I also had been freaking out about the run all day at work, so I was afraid the run would blow up in our faces.

Surprisingly, it didn't! We held onto our pace and only slowed a little bit in the end (mostly due to losing daylight and the quality of the sidewalks/roads that we were running on at that point). We finished the run with an average 9:30 pace, and we never walked once!

I kept telling myself during the run, "don't walk, you don't need to walk" and my body believed me! With 2.5 miles left I told Mike I was tired, rightfully so, and he said, "only 2.5 miles left". We pushed on and finished strong!

Prior to this midweek long run, the longest we had run midweek was 8 miles. I never thought I would be a double digit, let alone almost 20 miles, midweek runner, but I am! If I put my mind to something, I can accomplish it.

I have said that MDI Marathon is all about fun and enjoying my hometown marathon, but now I have some more goals in mind (don't worry Isaac we will still have fun!) I want to PR, I know it will be hard with the hills and elevation but I know I can do it.

 Sometime during Erie Half Marathon

 So happy to finally be sub-2!

The same thing happened last weekend when I PR'd at the half marathon and finally got my sub-2 half. I put my mind to it and I was determined that I was going to do it, and I did! Now I am scheming for when I can potentially try for a sub-1:50 half marathon, because I know that with determination and hard work I can do it.

 Mike floating during the race, he'll get sub-1:40 soon!

 Us after the half

This 18 mile run gave me the confidence I needed to finish out this training cycle strong, and I am determined not to let my mind weaken and sabotage the rest of training and the marathon!

19 comments:

  1. I totally think a PR is in the cards for you! You've got a great base right now so you are smart to raise the bar. Way to get that 18 miler is!

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  2. I honestly cannot even fathom running that long after a long work day. I'd wake up at 3am before that. I'm glad to hear you are really building some confidence and I know you'll do great. You destroyed it with the sub 2 hours.

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  3. So...are we running together?

    You are crushing it lady! Seriously your body is adapting to stuff at remarkable speed. Excellent job!

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    1. Come join the party with me and Isaac!

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  4. WOW, just wow!! I have done some long runs in the am during the week...but after a full day of work, I don't know if I could get myself to do it! kudos

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  5. Yesssssss! I cannot wait to hear all about MDI!

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  6. Wow, nice job! I cannot fathom running 18 miles after work--let alone working out at night. ;) Like Hollie said, I'd much rather wake up super early. As long as it gets done, though, that's all that matters.

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    1. Yea waking up super early isn't really our style, haha. We wake up at the last minute for races, too!

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  7. Great work! That's a hell of a run for the middle of the week.

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  8. Girl, I am SO PROUD of you!!!! That is all.

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  9. YOU are a hardcore! :) RUN after work is WOW! :)

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  10. Amazing. This determination is why I was sure you;'d get that sub 2!

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  11. That much after a day of work?! You are amazing!

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  12. I'm so impressed. 18 miles after work is SERIOUS. I saw that yesterday and was just amazed. I sometimes think for a long time about 6 or 8 miles after work. 18 is just amazing. And you're definitely going to PR your marathon without a doubt.

    And Mike? That's a serious forefoot strike! He should give running lessons! Does he run in Newton's?

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    1. Aww thanks, Meghan!

      Mike is wearing Saucony Rides in that photo.

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  13. Wow, impressive!! And you're so right- believing you can do something is more than half the battle!

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  14. Well I think my friend next week will be setting a pretty significant PR, so why not go 2 for 2 in the fall marathons! Whatever speed we run, it will be fun! It has been way to long since I have ran a marathon!

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