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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

A long run and 100 mile planning

Sorry I'm just now getting around to writing about Saturday's long run. Life is a little crazy!

I only had 18 miles on the schedule, but my goal was to do 30. I ate a pb&j sandwich, and headed out bright and early. The weather was absolutely perfect.
I had a great run. Even when someone let their huge, muddy dog jump on me. (And I was wearing a white skirt.) Well, that was a little annoying. 

Over halfway there!
 My ipod died at mile 10 (what is the deal with my electronics always dying on me?!), so that was very disheartening. I didn't know how I could possibly get through 20 more miles with no music!! But I just told myself it was mental training for my 100 miler. And it honestly wasn't too bad at all!
 My darling friend, Louisa, was texting me, encouraging me through the whole run. She gave me some hilarious tips on how to run without music. ;)


 Since it's not enough that 1 electronic die, around mile 20 my Garmin AND my phone died. I was expecting that from my Garmin, because the battery only lasts 5 hours. I guess I should've expected that from my phone too.
 So at that point I had no music, no watch and no phone. That means no way to track my next 10 miles. 

I decided to just go home and run the rest on my treadmill.
Had to show off my new Pro compression socks from Sue!
I can tell such a huge difference when I wear these on my long runs.
 I ended up running a total of 25 miles. My pace for the 20 miles was pretty slow, but I walked up a couple really big hills a few times. I'm not as focused on my pace right now, since for the 100 miles, I'll be doing lots of walking. They say in training you need to do a lot of walking too, since that uses different muscles than running. You just need to do a good mixture of both! 

 Last night Dan (my 100 mile running buddy) came over to figure out our plan. I can't believe it's less than 7 weeks away! And we'll be running 50 miles in 2 weeks! It's getting so real now.
 We made a pact that the only thing that would stop us from finishing is if we broke BOTH of our legs. Break one leg? Keep going.
 Dan is a hilarious kid, I have no doubt he'll keep me laughing the whole time too.


Have a fabulous day, my friends!!

Do you run with or without music?




katie
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  1. Electronics are so unreliable! It can be so frustrating at times

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    1. That is for sure!! I guess I need to bring back up batteries and chargers!

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  2. I like having music sometimes. It keeps my mind from wandering too much. =)

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    1. That's what it does for me too. It keeps me going!

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  3. I'd love to hear more about the prep for your 100 mile - even the 50 miler. What are you going to fuel with? Socks/shoes - do you change up during the race? (I know a couple people who have developed blisters during ultras and it has stopped them from finishing) Seems like there is much more to a good plan than just having the training miles under your belt. Good job on the 25 miles!

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    1. I'll definitely do a whole post on it. (The 50 too)
      For the 50, I'll bring GU's and banana's and probably peanut butter sandwich's too. I plan on bringing 2 or 3 pairs of shoes and lots of socks, since I don't know for sure how many I'll need. After that, I'll have a much better idea of what to expect for the 100. Thanks Katherine!

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  4. I couldn't not run alone without music!! I would have stopped right there. You are so amazing.

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    1. Lol! I thought for sure I would die! I'm not sure how I made it, but it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!

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  5. I can't even function in life without music playing... no way I can run without it.
    I got to a race one time & my iPod died - I almost turned around & went home. That's how bad it is! :)

    Look at those miles!! You are AMAZING!

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    1. I'm the same way!! I constantly have music playing, wherever I'm at. Thanks chick!

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  6. I only listen to music when I'm on the treadmill. Outside I like to listen to my feet hitting the ground, my breathing, the birds singing, water running, cars crashing into me :D!

    Good job on the 25! You could borrow someone else's Garmin to start when yours dies.

    I have those same socks! I wear them after the run, my feet like mostly cotton when I run, I'm allergic to elastic!

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    1. I guess I realized running without it isn't as bad as I thought. I could probably handle short runs without it, no problem. But the long runs, I really need it to keep me going! I think I do need to invest in a 2nd Garmin! Thanks Liz!

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  7. I train with music but race without it. I will probably get away from the training music soon too as the paths get too busy in the nice weather and I like to hear what's going on around me. My long runs are lonely and through the countryside though, so I'll pop the headphones back in then.

    Nice work with the miles this weekend!

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    1. It really was a nice change hearing everything that was going on around me. But having the music really takes my mind off the pain! Thanks Mike! :)

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  8. LOVE those socks!!!! You are a rockstar...can't even fathom 100 miles!

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  9. With music, and I love the socks! Procompression is awesome!

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  10. I'm so excited for you! You are so amazing! My phone has been dying on me a lot recently, and I typically run with music, so it can be a challenge without it, but not impossible for me. When hubby ran his 100, he actually ended up running with a variety of great people along the way that he met on the course. He never runs with music, and the 100 was no exception. I tried to convince him to take music, and maybe an audiobook, but he never did. Either way, I know you will rock your 50 and your 100!

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    1. Thank you so much Jen, you're so sweet. I will bring my ipod with me for the 100. I'll only use it when I'm desperate though. I can't imagine not having something!

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  11. How exciting!! I can't wait to hear all about your adventure.

    I gave up running with music a couple years ago. I actually find I run better and can focus more on my body and what it needs. And I get a lot of thinking done. Usually about food.

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    1. I think I could definitely do a short run without it, if I had to. But the long runs without it is challenging! I hear ya, I do a lot of thinking about food too, usually ice cream though. ;)

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  12. Ahhh ! I run with music and feel you pain...in Jan, I lost my Nike Sportswatch, figured a way to use a chip in my shoe and ipod to run, then my shoes with the chip got stolen, got another shoe chip from a friends... then the ipod broke. Not me year for gadgets.

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    1. Oh no!! Definitely not your year for gadgets either. At my Vegas marathon in December, my phone died before the race even started, and my ipod was totally dead. (I thought it had been charging all night) Thankfully I had someone to run with or I might not have made it!

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  13. I ran for the first time without music in my last half marathon and I could tell a big difference in motivation. I NEED my music!

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  14. Wow, you are so amazing. You are doing really well with your training, I love hearing all about it! I definitely prefer to run with music, unless I am running a really short distance and/or with friends. BUt when it's just me and the long open road, totes gotta have some tunes :)

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    1. Thanks girl! I agree, music makes it all better!

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  15. You're Ahhhh-mazzing. I don't know how you do it! Keep it up, you got this :)

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  16. I do a combo of with and without.

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  17. You are rocking these long runs! good for you...glad you kept at it despite your electronics being against you that day

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  18. sometimes i actually put off my music during my long runs...especially when i want to think...

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  19. It was wonderful meeting you today.

    XO,

    Kei

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