21.6 miles on a Friday Morning before work

I have not always been a runner. There was a time in my life when weekends didn’t mean “long run”. I remember the “good ol’ days” when Friday night through Sunday Evening meant RELAXING. As I am now gearing up for my 13th marathon in 2.5 years, I have NOT shared in the same amount of excitement when the weekends roll around as I used to.

Why? Because weekends mean LONG RUNS.

In chimes the majority of the human population with, “Why do you run long if you don’t want to? No one is forcing you!”

Simple response: I love running, but I also love being a lazy cow laying on the couch, drinking margaritas, and eating endless amounts of food.

 

Speaking of Margaritas, I was 2 deep last night with Jason on our “date” when I remembered I had my long run in the morning- shoot. Better cut me off at 2.

 

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People ask about my “fueling” a lot, so here it is: Last night I carbo loaded with 2 margaritas, chips & salsa, a chicken taco, and a cheese quesadilla. When I got home I chugged about 32 oz of water in an attempt to “hydrate” myself last min. I popped a melatonin pill and was asleep by 9:30.

4:00am alaram, drank a hiball energy water  and was running by 4:55am at my work gym treadmill.

Initially, my goal was “just” to run 2 hours and 40 min (20 miles at 8:00 pace). However, when I was walking to my building my legs felt like lead, and I thought to myself “I don’t think I can even run 8:30s today!”.

 

1-4     8:16, 8:09, 8:03, 7:55

I had to stop at this point to poop. 

5-10  8:00, 7:57 , 7:50, 7:41 (GU), 7:35, 7:30.

11-13    6:58,6:44, 6:53

14-15    7:40(GU), 7:35

16-18    6:58,6:44, 6:53 (GU)

18 – 20   7:30, 7:00

20-21.6 @ 6:38 or so.

21.6 miles in 2:40 or 7:24 per mile with

 

 

So to sum it up:

I like running.

Yes, I have lost my sanity.

but I can say my long run is already done for the weekend, can you? 😛 

 

Bonus:

“Advice” for running long distances on the treadmill:

First HOUR is the worst (lol), you sweating all over the place is normal, if you feel like you’re super hot & itchy you are doing it right, at the time you feel you are about to lose your mind just start zoning out, stare at the treadmill distance and do mental math, update your social media, watch youtube motivational videos, snapchat people, check e-mails, write e-mails, write posts for social media, text people good morning or something nice, listen to pandora, check your bank account. Do what you would do if you were just being a lazy coach potato? IDK. It’s not always sunshine and rainbows, but there’s a lot worse things in the world 🙂

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