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Monday, September 9, 2013

Anniversary, birthday, oh, and a 20 mile run!

Happy Monday!

  First things first. Today is my 7 year anniversary to this lovely man.
He loves me well. Very well. More than I deserve! A gift from God indeed.

 Friday night we celebrated my Daddy's birthday.

Have I mentioned how much I adore my great big huge family? We all get together every week. Yep, every week. With 11 in my family, plus all the husbands, girlfriends, nieces, nephews and whoever else wants to come- there's usually around 30 of us. This dining room table started out as a regular size table, Dad has to keep adding on and adding on to it. It's wonderful.

  Now for that 20 miler! 
I always do my long runs in Beckley Creek Park, at a place called the Egg Lawn. The Egg Lawn is a .75 mile loop. Running 100 times around that loop (ok, maybe it just feels like 100) for my long runs, gets very...long. I've been anxiously waiting for them to open a new section of the park, which would open up a LOT more space to run. And Friday that happened! So I was very excited about my run Saturday morning!




It was absolutely gorgeous! I did an out and back 2.5 miles, 3 times. I could've gone further, but it started going through the woods, and I was alone and it was early, and I'm a chicken. About a mile of it is flat, but then it starts getting VERY hilly. The top left picture is a huge incline. I rarely run on hills, so I know they're good for me, but they sure slow me down!
 After 15 miles, the sun was out in full force, as was the humidity. I felt great, I knew if it was cooler I could finish the 20 with no problem. But it was HOT and I was struggling. I knew I only had 5 more miles, I just had to do it. I asked my sweet FB friends for some motivation, and I got tons of it! 
 So I started back again. But I just couldn't do it. I think by that time is was almost 90 and no shade. I decided to go home and run the last 5 on my treadmill.
 I felt like a loser and like I let everyone down! I was so mad that I couldn't finish out there. I had to finish my 20 miles on the tm. :(

My pace isn't totally accurate, I stopped a few times for pics and water.
I also finished out the 15 after accidentally stopping my Garmin.
  I try to tell myself that 20 miles is 20 miles, but I still can't help feeling like I 'quit'. I have one more 20 miler before Chicago, that I'll do in 2 weeks. My plan for that is to head out to the park an hour earlier, that way I can get it all in before it gets too crazy hot. And maybe by that time the temps will be a little cooler too!

Speaking of Chicago.. I have 5 more weeks to raise $680!! Help! I'm running for the Ronald McDonald House Charity. All donations are tax deductible and go towards these precious children! Go here! Thank you!!

  What did you do this weekend??

 



katie
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  1. You DID NOT quit. Keep your chin up!

    We did our long run on Friday...19 miles. And then we walked 3.6. And then Saturday we ran another 9. We re-evaluated our training plan last night. We're both feeling tired, and I don't want to get to the start of our marathon injured.

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    1. Thanks, Tracy! Wow, you guys did a lot of running this weekend! I think that's good to re-evaluate things, it would be horrible to have to sit out of it!!

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  2. 20 miles IS 20 miles! You did not quit - great job getting it done!

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  3. Don't be so hard on yourself! You RAN 20 miles, and that is that. It is a huge accomplishment :)

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    1. Thank you, Jo! That does make me feel better. :)

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  4. 20 miles is a huge accomplishment!! Way to go!!

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  5. You are absolutely amazing!! Do you mind me asking why you do that loop for every one of your long runs?

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    1. Aww, thanks Betsy!! Well, because it's what I'm used to and it's not too far from me. I don't like running on the road or through neighborhoods, so it's perfect for me. It really doesn't bother me too much at all. I just turn on my music and zone out! But thankfully it'll be a lot better from now on!

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  6. First off, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! I am so glad that God brought you to such a wonderful man! You are both very lucky!

    Secondly, WOO HOO FOR 20 MILES! Even if it wasn't all at once! You still did the thing! No one thinks you're a quitter! Don't be so hard on yourself! You are amazing! I will be thinking of you as I run my first marathon THIS weekend! :)

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    1. Thank you, darlin! I will be thinking of YOU running your first marathon this wknd!! I am soooo excited for you!!!

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  7. Everything is fine. You did 20 miles. No worries!!!

    Don't forget that you have some "match" $$ in your account that doesn't register online. For example, my donation was matched x3 so you are probably doing better than you think (I hope!).

    Hugs!!

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    1. Thanks Amanda!! I do have match $? I wonder where I would find out what that is. That would definitely make me feel a little less stressed out! Hugs!

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  8. Great job on your 20 miles! I did 10 this weekend and thought I was dying near the end. You are amazing!

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  9. No way did you quit!! You did the smart thing and went inside!! Congrats on your 20 miler. I have mine coming up soon too, and am super nervous! And props for doing out n back for those long runs. I don't know if I could do that!! Go you!

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    1. Thank you Sue! I'm sure you'll do great on your 20!! Now I'm looking forward to my next one!

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  10. Happy Anniversary!!! Great job on the run!!

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  11. Happy anniversary! What fun to get together with your family like that! :) I love big family gatherings! :)

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    1. Thanks Kim! Oh, I do too. They're so much fun!

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  12. Happy Anniversary!!!!
    As you said, 20 miles is 20 miles. If the heat would have caused you to have to walk most of the last 5 miles then doing them on the treadmill was probably more beneficial. (not that I'm an expert or anything!) I had to walk a few times up hills and once over a silly bridge in the last miles of my 20 miler. The last 4 miles were super tough. Every time I train for a marathon, the first 20 miler is tough and the second one is always better.
    Saturday was my 51st birthday. I moved my 20 miler up a week so I could go and do an 8 mile race up north on Mackinac Island on my birthday. I had a super secret goal of trying to break 1:10 which is an 8:40 pace. I did it!! I came in at 1:09:24! Back at my hotel, others who had run the race were talking about it and comparing times and I had the fastest time! I was also the oldest! During the afternoon I biked around the island for 2.5 hours and then in the evening I went on a 1.5 hr walking "ghost hunt" tour of the island. Sunday morning I went out for a short run before I had to leave. When I was coming back into the town area heading back to my hotel, a man called out, "the race was yesterday, didn't you get enough?" (he was being funny, not mean!) Then back at my hotel, a couple of people who had run the race were all amazed that I went running! All of these things sure made me feel better about being 51! (Last year, I didn't take turning 50 well at all.)

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    1. You're right! I did much better on my tm that last 5 than if I had done it outside. I didn't think of that. I'm already looking forward to my next 20 miler!
      Happy belated birthday!! I'm so excited for you on reaching your goal!! See, that is why you're my inspiration! I hope at 51 I can run an 8:40 pace too!! You're awesome!

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  13. You are not a quitter! 20 miles is amazing, and you should be proud of yourself! Congrats - you are going to have an awesome marathon!

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    1. I forgot to add Happy Anniversary to you, and happy birthday to your dad!

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  14. Happy Anniversary!! Hey you are way too hard on yourself!!!! Congrats on your 20 miles!!!!

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  15. 20 miles is TOTALLY 20 miles... Well done! I love that you have an awesome family - it's such a blessing to belong to a wonderful family! And congratulations on 7 years... Awesome!

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  16. We have family dinner night on Tuesday's at my parent's house. It has been going on for 13 years :)

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    1. Awesome!! I think that's so important. If we didn't do that, I don't know how much we would really see of eachother, even though we're in the same town! Life is just too busy! Glad you have that tradition too.

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  17. 20 miles is definitely 20 miles! Nice job

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  18. Hello there! Just wanted to say what an inspiration you are. I am a mom too, starting a new healthier routine that includes running. I am nowhere near 20 miles, but maybe someday... Oh and we have dinner every Sunday night with my in-laws, a tradition which I love! Keep up the good work and the blogging, it's such a great motivation.

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  19. You finished all 20 which is what matters and I know for me anyways treadmill miles are harder because I get bored. Great job getting on the mill instead of just stopping. :)

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