Sunday, March 24, 2013

Can I REALLY run a marathon??

Hello, friends! I hope y'all had a good weekend!

Saturday was my 20 mile run!! I'm very glad to say that I did it. No quitting or stopping early this time! :)
Here's how it went: 
Remember I told you about the .75 loop I usually run around, and I just don't think I can do that for 20 miles? Well, I did it. Yep, I'm crazy!!
  There's another little deserted path in that area with a distance of 3.5 miles. I don't like running on it alone, because I've heard too many horror stories of bad stuff happening to runners! But I did run that once.

 I did great until mile 18. (Which is the farthest distance I've ever ran) After that I could hardly even walk! So the last 2 miles were a little running, lots of walking. At 20 miles, I did not think my legs could even carry me one more step!
 A lot of people say it's a mental thing, your body can take it, but you brain thinks you can't. But it was the opposite for me! My mind kept wanting to go, I kept pushing and pushing, saying I could do it, etc. But my legs just felt dead!
 Is that the 'wall' people talk about? I've always wondered what the 'wall' was.
 Thankfully, through the whole thing I had no knee or foot pain!

I still have 4 weeks until my marathon. Next week I have a half marathon, so will only be getting in 13, the next week I can do another 20 miler, but the week after that will be taper.

 Saturday I knew it would NOT be possible to do 6 more miles. So now I'm terrified!!
Can I really run a marathon? Did I hit the wall at 18, and that's what I have to just push through?
Help!!



katie

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  1. You can do it! If you can do a 20 mile training run, the adrenaline from the race will give you that umph you need for the last 10k! Nice job

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  2. That is insane that you ran around the same loop for 20 miles, but so so awesome. I need to get my butt outside!

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    1. It was insane, Carly!! Hopefully my marathon will be a breeze compared to that torture! :)

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  3. I always seem to feel dead for the last 2 miles of my long run when I am marathon training! I think the wall is different for everyone - for me, it's mostly mental. So I think it's good it wasn't for you! Figure out now what you need to do to push through for those last 6. You got this! :)

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    1. Thanks, girl! I do have one more long run, hopefully that can be a 21 or 22, and I'll be able to push through it!

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  4. That is exactly how I felt too! You will rock your marathon and I can't wait to read all about it!

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    1. Well, that's good to know, and you definitely rocked yours! Thank you, Jen!!

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  5. Yes, you can do it!!! And I too cannot wait to hear about it!!!!

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  6. the 20 mile distance is by far the toughest. seriously, i have failed at that distance over and over. but you did it, and you CAN (and will!!) complete the marathon. it will become a mental thing for sure, but getting that pesky 20 miler out of the way is a huge feat. nice work!

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    1. That is so strange! Hopefully the next run will be 21 or 22, and maybe it'll be easier. Thank you! :)

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  7. You can do it. You will have the adrenaline from the race, the crown, etc... You got it!!

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    1. Thank you!! I'm hoping that will get me through!

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  8. Congrats on getting through 20 miles, that is huge! Like the others have said, I'm sure the race day atmosphere will help a lot; if you can survive 20 miles of the same loop you can probably get through anything!

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    1. Thank you! That's a good way to look at it, if I can do 20 miles on a small loop, maybe the marathon will be a breeze! ;)

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  9. I had a similar experience with my first 20 mile run. The next one will hopefully be easier. And the adrenaline of race day will definitely help push you through. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Maureen! That's good to hear, maybe my 22 miler in a couple weeks won't be as tough!

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  10. You ran a .75 loop....for 20miles...I am in awe!! I could NEVER do that!! AMAZING JOB!!!! I would love to run 18 miles one day, let alone 20!! You are amazing. That is all!

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  11. I did the same thing when I ran my 20 miler. Solo run at one of my favorite parks. It is a 2.6 mile loop around a lake but wanted to make sure I had plenty of water fountains and a bathroom. Good for you. Trust me, your legs will do another 6 miles!! Awesome job! So proud of you!!!

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    1. That would be hard too! But I'm with you, I like being near bathrooms! I'm glad you think my legs will do another 6. Thanks, Teresa!

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  12. Congrats on the long Run! I think one added bonus on race day will be adrenaline. You'll be so amped up that will carry you for a few miles alone on the rush you'll feel. There's no way to recreate the feeling of a race day.

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    1. I'm glad to hear that. I'm sure that will help! Thanks, Joe!

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  13. Awesome long run! You CAN do it! Proud of you! : )

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  14. You absolutely can!! Congrats on your 20 miler! Come race day adrenaline and nerves and excitement will carry you through the end. =) And I cannot believe you ran that loop that many times. I would cry around 15.

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    1. Thanks, girl! I'm sure all of that will get me through. Believe me, I felt like crying at 10! I could've ran it blind, I knew it so well!

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  15. YES YOU CAN!! You can do this Katie! If you can run the same loop x20, you can do ANYTHING!! You have worked hard and conditioned well and your training will take over on race day!
    I can't wait to see you smash this race!! You're gonna do aweeeesome!!

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    1. Lol, thanks Elizabeth! Thank you for always believeing in me. :)

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  16. It's always like that. Each 20 miler, I always finish with my tail between my legs. Each Half Marathon I run, I think "thank goodness, I don't have to run a full". Then on marathon day, things change. You are mentally ready to do the distance. At the half way mark you will be elated you are "half" way done. By mile 20, you will think to yourself, "I could finish this if I had to CRAWL". Different mindset. I promise. You can do it!!

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    1. You would know, so I do believe you! Thanks, girl!

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  17. Hey lady!!!
    WTG on your first 20! Like others have said, that first time is a killer... and you feel there is NO way you could do 6 more! The body is so amazing! It gets used to whatever you put it through! As you run more and more miles the 6 more doesn't seem so hard. I think you'll see a vast improvement the next time you run 18 or 20. You'll for sure be stronger!
    Keep on truckin'!
    Carolyn
    http://www.ccmcafeeperspective.com/

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    1. Thank you, Carolyn! I'm hoping my next long run will be much easier!

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  18. You ran the same loop over 20 times. Oh my gosh I would go crazy. If you can do that you will KILL the marathon. We have pretty similar training plans. I have a 13 next week and then a 20 the week after. We are so close to the taper!

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    1. Lol! I think one more loop and I definitely would've gone CRAZY! We are close to the taper, getting so excited!!

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  19. Under 4 hours with 2 miles of walking...AWESOME!!! You will do great at the marathon!!

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  20. You totally can run a marathon!!!

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  21. 20 mile training runs......sucktacular. Difficult.....boring.....something to overcome

    26.2 mile marathon.......exciting.....challenging, but rewarding......crowds cheering.....acheivement.......space blankets.......medals.....

    yeah, it's another 10K, but it's so much more fun! Not only can you do it, but you WILL do it.....and we can't wait to cheer you on every step of the way!

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    1. Thank you SO much, Bill! Hearing it like that- does make me think it's possible! :)

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  22. Wow, way to go! 20 miles is amazing and I'm sure you will do awesome on your marathon! I love that you just ran the same loop over and over. Sometimes you just have to git'r done and do what works!

    I haven't run a marathon yet, but my husband's ran a few and he always says he hits the "wall" around mile 20. I know that with the race environment and with people all around, you will do amazing! You are training so well too and will be very well prepared. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! That's exactly right, I just had to git'r done, I had no choice! I'm hoping that being in the race environment will keep me going!

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  23. Katie - You can TOTALLY run a marathon; I have no doubt about that! 20 miles is an incredibly hard distance no matter how you slice it. I don't know if you hit the wall or not, only you do, but 'the wall' is the point where your body physiologically refuses to go any further. Maybe experiment with your fueling?

    PS - In case you forgot it already...You can totally do this!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Gina. I guess it wasn't the wall that I hit then, because physiologically I knew I could keep going! I'm hoping my next long run will be easier. Good idea about experimenting with fueling too. Come to think of it, I used the 2 Huma Chia Energy gels they sent me, I usually use GU's. Interesting...

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  24. My first 20 mile run while training for my first marathon was horrible. I was in a group run and around 13 or 14 miles I really slowed down and the others got way ahead of me and I was all alone and then I had to run over to a restroom in a park and nearly didn't make it in time (this never happened to me during a run before) then, after the potty break, it was nearly impossible to get moving again. Two weeks later, I ran 22 miles and it went so much better and I had a faster average pace than the 20 miler. I think there is just something about first 20 mile runs!!
    You will do great in your marathon!

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    1. It does sound like the first 20 miler is always hard. That's good to know, I'm expecting my next one to be much better!

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  25. You can and WILL run a marathon! You can do this! Once you get over the "wall", you will soar! Hal Higdon says most runners hit the wall at mile 20, and that if they can get over it, they can do anything! Don't let it discourage you! You are pushing your body to new distances and goals! It's going to take time! Don't let it psych you out! You can do this! And you will! You've got SO many people cheering you on! You can do anything you set your mind to! I believe in you!

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    1. Wow, that's awesome what Hal says. The next one will be better, it has to be! Thanks, sweet girl! :)

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  26. You can DEFINITELY do it Katie!!! And yes you just have to make it over that wall and you will be great!!! I felt the same way on my 22 mile training run before my first marathon. I had no idea how I could run another 4 miles. But guess what? I did it! Twice! ;-)

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  27. Great job on the 20 miler. I do that same thing on my long runs. On my 30 milers I run 2 mile loops that go by my house so I don't have to carry water, etc. Mine numbing at times but I get it done. Good luck at your marathon. You will ROCK IT!!

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    1. Thank you so much! That is one thing I like about it- I don't have to carry water with me and I'm close to the bathrooms!

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  28. You ABSOLUTELY can run a marathon. :) That wall can be difficult, but I know you can (and will) break through it!! You are amazing. Just remember your training and stay focused and your legs will follow through. I'm so excited for you! I can hardly believe its coming up so fast.

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    1. Thank you so much, Clarinda! I can't believe it's almost here either!!

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  29. Nice job on your 20 mile run! You CAN and WILL be able to run a marathon. Trust your training and you'll be fine!

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