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Monday, March 16, 2015

My 18 mile run

I hope you guys had a great weekend! It was nice here. Other than the flooding and everything a little muddy, at least it was warm.

Saturday was my 18 miler. I was super nervous. I really don't know why. I kept telling myself this was not a race, just a run. But that didn't calm me down much. I guess just the thought of running 18 miles is a little daunting.

I got to the park and drove up to this.

The place I always run was blocked off because of flooding. I knew what that meant. I was going to have to run all my miles on a very small area that wasn't blocked off.

So, I turned around and parked and mentally prepared myself for this. I was going to be running on a 1/2 mile section of the park...for 18 miles.
Yes, I could've tried to find another park, but I'm at comfortable at this one. I thought, hey, I did 16 miles on the treadmill a couple weeks ago, I can do this!

This was my turn around point, where the path disappeared under the water.

I ran for 14 miles. At that point I couldn't do it anymore! That area was hilly, I had gotten rained on once (which felt good), I was wet and muddy. I was done.

 So I walked back to my car. I was very discouraged by my pace, and knowing I wasn't going to finish my 18. I started thinking maybe I'm done with marathons. I mean, 4 marathons in a lifetime isn't bad, right? I begin thinking I need to switch my marathon in 5 weeks to the half instead.
 Then I got on my facebook page. Earlier I had posted about heading out for my 18 miles and how I was nervous. I got so many wonderful, encouraging comments, telling me that I can do this.
 After reading those comments, I KNEW I had to finish. No way was I going to quit.

So I drove around and went into the same park, using a back entrance. And whaddya know, most of it was open! Here I had ran 14 miles on a 1/2 mile path, and if I had just driven around some more, I would've found out a big section of the park was open! Oh well, ya live and learn.

As you can tell, these last 4 miles were more of a shuffle. But I am so happy I finished it, and didn't quit early.

So, how am I feeling now? Glad you asked.
I'm still thinking I don't know if I can do this marathon in 5 weeks! I'm still a little discouraged since this 18 miles was so crappy. Believe me, I know all runs can't be good ones. But this one has just messed with my mind.

Next Saturday I have 14, so that will be easy. Then the following week will be my 20. I will do it, and then decide for sure after that. I think I'd be very disappointed with myself if I don't do the full. I've done the full the last 2 years, it was my very first marathon ever.

This morning I went to spin class and then back to the park (it was dry!) for another 4 miles. This run was much better, it's a beautiful, sunny day, and I was reminded why I love running.

Did you run this weekend?
 
katie
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32 comments

  1. Are you running the Derby half or full this year?? I am doing the half!

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    1. I haven't signed up, so probably not. Although now I do wish I'd signed up for the mini. So things could always change. I'll let you know if I do!!

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    2. Yes do!! I would love to meet up and get to chat with ya for a minute!!!

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  2. Good for you for getting back up and finishing those last 4! I'm sure you'll figure out the best thing to do for you. Sometimes these things just run (heh, no pun intended) their course and maybe you're done with the marathon thing. No shame in calling it at four or five! How many people in this world even do one? Glad your next run went so much better!

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  3. 18 miles sucks. It's hard. I can't even imagine going that distance alone. Hang in there. My guess is the next one will be significantly better! I ran 6 miles of trails!!

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  4. That is quite the flooding! But way awesome you pushed through to get that 18!!!!
    I did run over the weekend, but no where near 18! I had to push back my training a little so I am hoping to start getting up to the 18 milers in a few weeks. Oddly, I am excited but a tad nervous too, its been way too long since I have been able to put in any kind of distance!

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  5. Way to finish! You are stronger than you think lady!

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  6. That is an impressive run in the rain and everything!

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  7. I'm so glad to see you back KILLING it after the last injury taking you out of your marathon... you're gonna do amazing at this one!!!

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  8. Good for you for getting back out there to get the whole 18 miles in! Isn't it cool how the online accountability helps?

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    1. Thank you! It really is amazing. I don't think I would've finished if it hadn't been for that accountability!

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  9. Katie, kudos to you for getting out there in that crappy weather and horrible conditions and making it through 18 miles...no matter what! You are awesome! I think this would be a mental hurdle for me, as well; I certainly had doubts before my last marathon, yet I knew I could finish the distance. You're going to do great! Don't let one run define you and your training; you CAN do this! I'm so excited for you!

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  10. damn girl, props to you for running that half mile for 14 miles and crazy props to you for finishing with the extra 4 miles.

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  11. Girl, you can totally do this. I can't believe you did 1/2 mile repeats to get that 14 done...way harder than a treadmill run!!

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    1. It was way harder than running on the tm, for sure! Thanks for the encouragement, Sue. :)

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