Monday, September 11, 2006

20 down

Hey guys!! First of all, big congrats to Yvonne on the birth of their future runner girl, to Shore Turtle for a great 5K finish, to Redhead Fangirl for her first 5K and to TriSaraTops - our newest Ironman!! I can't imagine competing for 15 hours and all the physical and mental endurance that would take during the BEST of weather conditions, not to mention on a day like they had yesterday in Wisconsin. I am in **awe**.

So, Saturday was my flat 20-miler, my first 20-miler of this training cycle. I really wasn't especially excited about it, and particularly since I'd be running it alone. I picked up a burrito the night before for a carbo load and set the alarm for 6 am. I just wasn't feeling 6 am, so when the alarm went off I reset it for 6:30. Slightly better but still atrocious. I ate a bagel and drove over to Shelby Park. I knew I'd need more water than my 6-bottle belt holds, so I decided to drive over so I could have extras. When I pulled in the lot was full of cars so I was really glad I'd have lots of eye candy, or at least entertainment. Just as my Garmin was trying to figure out where I was I got a text from Brent wishing me luck. Yeah!! Finally Garmin figured out I was a measly 1.5 miles from where I last ran and I was off. Slow and easy to get started, and in the beginning I thought "Nice, there's a little chill in the air!". It had rained the night before so it was still really foggy and the clouds were nice and thick. That didn't last long.... I headed out on the big 7.5 mile out and back loop and saw lots of other runners and walkers, as the morning wore on the cyclists increased and the runners started decreasing. And then the clouds started burning off and the humidity started making an appearance. I really wasn't paying much attention to my pace, I know my flat long runs are going to be very different than the marathon, and there's no way I can run marathon pace on the flats because I would just feel like I was crawling. I just kept a slow and steady pace, comfortable to the point where I would be able to hold a conversation if there was someone to talk to. I saw a few of my splits, and it seemed like they were all around 9:30, which was good but I knew I'd slow down later. I finished the first loop and then headed out around the lake (avoiding two dogs who were about to attack each other) and around past the golf course and up to the main entrance. A training group was packing it up and heading out as I made it back to my car around 12 miles to change out my bottles. I pulled out all new frozen bottles and took a swig of cold water. YEAH! I was pretty sure I'd worked it out to where I could do one more 7.5 loop and be done for the day, so once again I headed back out on the greenway. I was doing really well until around mile 15 when the heat was becoming such a pain. The temperature had gone from 70 degrees to 83 degrees while I was running. WAY too big of a swing! Around mile 15 I saw a tortoise. We see them a lot there (the greenway is next to the river) and last time we even saw a tortoise and a hare! But this time I SWEAR the turtle smiled at me. And then said he was from New Jersey. Ok, I made up the part about New Jersey but I really think the turtle smiled at me. I just kept moving, telling myself it was almost over. And I knew I HAD to keep going because no one was going to rescue me, and I had to make it back to the car one way or another. So I started promising myself all sorts of things-ice cream, pastries, a new car. Then I would tell myself there's NO WAY I can give up during Pretty Vegas - that's a dancin' song. I made it back to my car at 19.5 miles and just did parking lot laps to make it to 20 even. There was no way I was heading away from my massive car and back out into the park!! When I was finished I looked at my splits and nearly passed out!! I've never done a long run that quickly - I can do a half at a much faster pace but there's a huge difference in 13 miles and 20 miles! Here's the stats:

Total Run: 20 miles 3:09:03 avg pace 9:27/mile
Mile 1:9:52
Mile 2:9:28
Mile 3:9:23
Mile 4:9:13
Mile 5:9:12
Mile 6:9:23
Mile 7:9:28
Mile 8:9:23
Mile 9:9:35
Mile 10:9:29
Mile 11:9:44
Mile 12:9:40
Mile 13:9:31
Mile 14:9:34
Mile 15:9:27
Mile 16:9:20
Mile 17:9:17
Mile 18:9:24
Mile 19:9:18
Mile 20:9:11

I am strangely consistent, and I can't believe some of my fastest miles were the last ones. I felt like I was crawling. BUT, I'll take it.

For some strange reason I am dying to run another marathon. I'm thinking about this one in October. It's about 2.5 hours away and looks super cute. All of the townspeople make signs with your name on it and come out and cheer for you!! How cool is that? Anyway, I have a strange fascination with distance. I think it's much more intriguing to me than shorter, faster runs. A half is my fave distance to race. And, since I am not a morning bird I don't think it's always "worth" my time to get up early for a short race!

Anyway, that's it for now! More about the rest of the weekend later!!


At 9:19 PM, Anonymous Cory said...

A "super cute" marathon. :D

At 7:08 AM, Blogger Mia Goddess said...

I was just going to say that only Rae would call a marathon "cute"! Too funny.

At 7:24 AM, Blogger LPM said...


I saw that tortoise / turtle as well on Saturday when I was putting in my 3 hours. If you're dying to run an October marathon nearby, you should look into Louisville on 10/22. It's supposed to be a flat course.

At 9:34 AM, Blogger jeanne said...

congrats on the 20! you make it sound soooo easy, not like the death march my 20 miles turned into.

and yeah, supercute. those are the only kind of marathons worth doing!

At 11:53 AM, Blogger Jack said...

Good job with the 20, you make it sound relative easy.

At 12:15 PM, Blogger E-Speed said...

Girl, I think you seriously underestimate the speed within your legs.

You could totally do a marathon (wuth hills!) at this pace or faster.

At 3:50 PM, Blogger Firefly's Running said...

Awesome splits! Way to go!!!

At 3:58 PM, Blogger Cliff said...

A turtle smile at u..are u sure it ain't trying to flirt with u ?: P

At 7:02 PM, Blogger Danny said...

pretty fast!!!

aren't you doing that crazy harpeth hills marathon soon?

At 8:36 PM, Blogger robtherunner said...

Great job Rae! I was happy to read that the 20 miler went so well. Consistent pacing througout. I love those runs when things go right.

At 6:07 AM, Blogger Robb said...

Hey, good job logging the 20 miles. Good consistent pace Rae. Sometimes those long runs are tough when you're alone. Great job.

At 7:34 AM, Blogger Michele said...

Great splits on that 20.

You know the striders have a half in Goddlettsville Nov 4th. We did it last year and are planning on going back this year. Got a super cool shirt too.

At 9:33 AM, Blogger TriSaraTops said...

WOW--that is one kick-ass 20 miler! You rock, girl!

And thanks for the shout out and comments on my blog. :) We seriously gotta meet up sometime!

At 1:36 PM, Blogger Lana said...

I wish I had it in me to call a marathon "cute"..hahaha

Great splits on the 20!

At 4:16 PM, Blogger Running Jayhawk said...

I didn't know that marathons could be super cute... :)

You always impress me! 20

For that type of distance I need to be around other folks. Rockin' job!

At 9:33 PM, Blogger Darrell said...

Very nice done and super consistent 20 miles. You may have felt slow but you rocked.

If you keep knocking off states (KY in Oct) you're gonna catch up to me and have to start looking for new states to conquer. Or at least ones with really funny names.

At 6:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing better than having something to aim for, so I'd say go for another one! If you need some tips on how to approach your marathon, then I recommend that you have a look at Marathon Training, a website that is tailored specifically for marathoners.


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