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Twenty-mile run: check! [Feb. 14th, 2011|11:34 pm]
Lindsey Kuper
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I ran twenty miles yesterday!

For me, a twenty-mile run is traditionally the longest run in a round of marathon training, so it's an important one. I was out for about four and a half hours, which is about how long I want the entire marathon to take, but I'm not too worried yet; it's pretty standard for me to go a lot faster on race day than I do on my training runs, both because in the race there's no waiting at traffic lights and because the excitement of being in a crowd of runners always makes me go faster.

The first five miles of the run weren't particularly pleasant. Before starting, I had eaten a nice big bowl of granola and banana, and then, recalling how awful it feels to run out of calories in the middle of a twenty-miler, I had quickly crammed another banana down my maw on the way out the door. My intentions had been good, but I really shouldn't have started running before letting the food settle. My digestive system was very unhappy until I was finally able to stop for an emergency restroom break at mile five. After that, things were much better: I had about ten pleasant miles in the perfect 50-degree spring weather that finally arrived this weekend.

From mile fifteen until the end, things were a bit rough. At any given time, I have a couple of pairs of running shoes that I alternate, and right now, one of my two pairs is a little better-fitting than the other. I'd thought about wearing the better-fitting shoes for this run, but for some reason I had decided that I should save the wear and tear on my good pair for "some time when it will really matter" and wear the worse-fitting pair instead. Note for future reference: the twenty-mile run is a time when it really matters, fool. The worse-fitting shoes are slightly too big in the front of the foot, which means that I have to lace them very tightly in an effort to keep my feet from sliding around inside them. This works okay as a stop-gap measure on short runs, but for long distances, even if I tighten the laces periodically, it's not enough, and I start to get nasty blisters. I took the day off from running today, and my feet have mostly recovered. The good news is that I think the limiting factor in my speed for the last part of yesterday's run was blister pain rather than muscle pain, so if I get some blister-prevention socks and wear my better-fitting shoes during the race, my feet should be reasonably happy. And if all else fails, I can always prevent blisters by slathering my feet in an oily substance.

All things considered, I feel good about how this run went. It felt remarkably normal. I'm thinking about doing another 20-miler next weekend, which would make this the first time I've done two of them in one round of training. We'll see how I feel when the time comes.

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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-02-15 01:57 pm (UTC)
I still want to do a long walk with you! We had big plans to do it, remember, but then my life was OMG QUALS and then it was OMG WINTER. When should we do it?
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-02-17 03:45 am (UTC)
Saturday morning, maybe? We could walk and then get brunch.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-02-17 03:46 pm (UTC)
Sunday it is. I had thought I'd save Sunday for another long run, but let's face it, I haven't been starting my long runs until 4 p.m. anyway, so we might as well use the available time before then. Maybe 10 a.m. Sunday, followed by brunch?
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[User Picture]From: snafuuu
2011-02-15 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so inspired reading this entry! I can't wait to get back on the road and train for another race (probably just a half marathon, though).

Note for future reference: the twenty-mile run is a time when it really matters, fool.

Hahahaha . . . Totally sounds like something I'd do, too.

By the way, I know you're not the biggest fan of gels and the such, but I really could not survive any run longer than a 10K without Clif Shot Bloks (which are more like expensive Fruit Rollups than gels). I highly recommend them if you need some caloric supplementation during your long runs.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2011-02-15 02:28 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And speaking of being inspired, I thought you might like to know that the current marathon world record holder, Paula Radcliffe, has two kids, a four-year-old and a five-month-old, and she won the NYC Marathon in 2007, nine months after her daughter was born. Dang.
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[User Picture]From: sajith
2011-02-21 09:28 pm (UTC)
My landlady does triathlons in summer and Irish set dances throughout the year. She's past fifty. (She also happens to have a Ph.D.) I keep thinking I will be, at the very best, a crumbling bag of bones when I'm her age.
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[User Picture]From: gorthx
2011-02-15 08:09 pm (UTC)
I had quickly crammed another banana down my maw on the way out the door

Eeeep! The food's always the hardest part for me, too. "They" recommend you eat two hours before your race or whatever. If I do that, I'm hungry again by the time I start, so what's the point?

I take quite a bit of food with me on longer runs - a pack of these: http://shop.honeystinger.com/categories/Organic-Energy-Chews/, some baby carrots, dates, etc.
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