Injuries · Running

How I got through my longest run

Overwhelmed. That is how I feel.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that a lot has been going on in my life (mostly good)!

Right now I feel like I am carrying 400 pounds on my shoulders. All day long. Every day. #dramatic

Most of you know that Kyle and I recently bought our new house! We were super excited to work on many projects to get this place feeling like our own…and then he broke his leg.

kyle broken leg

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that Kyle fractured his fibula 2 weeks ago…yep. A few days after his 25th birthday. Poor guy has been hobbling around our 2 story house and trying to do as much as he can without aggravating the injury. I’m just happy that the injury wasn’t really serious. Glass half full right?

I know I am going to sound like a complete douche for saying this, but this is hard on me too. I am trying my best to handle everything. And I know there are a lot of single parents who handle this home-life crap much better than I. I have a good life so I have no right to complain. But man am I tired. I am responsible for yard work, garbage, moving heavy things 😉 , cooking meals, packing lunches, laundry, cleaning, running errands, getting things for Kyle, etc. I love it all, but like I said, I am tired. I’ve done a little painting by myself, but mostly I just don’t have time to work on projects. So, if I’m absent from the blog world, you know why 😉

On to more fun stuff and less complaining!

Luckily I have still been able to keep up with my marathon training. I’ve only missed a couple (small) recovery runs. I do NOT want to miss the long runs.

Sunday was my longest run to date- 15 miles. Just thinking about the number was intimidating. I kept doubting myself and just KNEW I couldn’t do it. But this is how I DID get through it and learned that running is about lying.

  • Talked my friend into running with me. 

My BFF Shanna just so happens to be training for her first marathon too! Our running schedules somehow aligned and we both had to run 15 miles that day. Suffering together >>>> suffering alone. Misery loves company, or something like that? Time goes by much faster when you’re chatting away- I promise.

sj rnr
Same friend. Different run (our first half marathon!).
  • Run an out-and-back and think of it in terms of half of the distance.

For some reason, it is mentally easier for me to run out-and-backs (run from point A to B, and back to A). I had a 15 mile run but I see it as 7.5 miles. I’m either weird or stupid and don’t know math.

  • Don’t look at your watch.

Just don’t. You don’t need to see that you ran 4 miles out of 15. And then that you ran 4.19 miles out of 15.

  • Take it 1 mile at a time.

I’ve read this one before and honestly I thought it was complete bull. I was like, taking it “1 at a time” is something you tell a child when they’re doing their super hard 2+2 math homework. NOT what you tell someone who has to run 15 “1’s at a time.” But seriously it works.

Around mile 5 (ha) I started to get bored and defeated. I was NOT looking at my watch and my friend told me, “Just 1 more mile!” I asked her, “Seriously?” and she laughed and said no. I told her she needs to learn to lie to me like a parent tells a kid, “Maybe we can go to the toy section.” So from then on she said 1 more mile. Her watch actually died half way through and then I took over this role 😉 By miles 7-8 I was in a rhythm and felt good so I had no problem being her cheerleader/liar.

  • When you get towards the end of your run, break it up in to distances you HAVE run already.

Once we hit 10 miles, we got excited because we were only a 5K away from a half marathon. We KNEW we could do this because we’ve done it before. Once we hit 13.1, we KNEW would could run 2 miles. We’ve done that a bazillion times! And when we hit the “1 mile left” mark, we thought of it in terms of time. We told ourselves we can do anything for 10 minutes.

15 mile run garmin

And voila! 15 miles done. And not a bad pace for me/us either. I have slowed down considerably since my last half marathon because I have not been doing speed work. My goal for my full marathon is to FINISH, so speed work has taken a backseat. I credit our speed to Shanna- I know she pushed and motivated me (I hope I did the same for her too)!

I hope this helps any of you struggling with increasing your running distance! And for you experienced runners, please leave us tips 🙂 and by that I mean money. This girl’s got a house to pay for 😉

Do you run with friends?

Have any long run running tips?

What distance overwhelms you?


22 thoughts on “How I got through my longest run

  1. Congrats! I’m not rocking long runs like you, but I definitely break my runs down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Like the other day I was ready to quit and I told myself, only 3 0.25s left. NOT 3/4 of a mile, but 3 0.25s and it made it fly by! Haha yes, i know this is super weird

  2. How did I miss that Kyle broke his leg? So sorry lady 😦 Send him healthy vibes for me. . . but most importantly know that you are just admitting what EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US would be feeling. Every single one. Just one of the many reasons I love you, you are honest!

  3. I hope things calm down soon! Nice long run, I always do the out and back thing too and only think of it in terms of the first half… I feel like running back always goes more quickly that way too.

  4. Ummmm ok so I SO get where you are coming from, even if on a way more basic level!!!

    It always astounds me how single parents do it! I only have myself to take care of and yet at the same time sometimes I think how much easier it would be if there was someone to help me. At least then I could say if I get groceries you do the Walmart run.

    My respect for single parents is unreal!

    I’m sorry about Kyle and I hope he feels better soon!

    On a happier note is really and truly are fantastic tips! I think the one I personally need to work on the most is taking it 1 mile at a time. Sounds like a good new goal, thanks 🙂

  5. ahhh such a bummer about Kyle’s leg, but so happy for you with your running. and super envious — i’m nursing a bad case of tendonitis and wish i could get out for a 15-miler right about now. keep at it, girl.

  6. Way to tackle your longest run! And very sorry to hear about Kyle’s leg 😦 For me, double digits are scary. I’ve only run double digits a couple of times, and only run one half marathon, so I tend to psyche myself out on the longer distances. I have to play a lot of mind games in order to finish, and I totally agree that out and backs seems shorter/easier than full-distance loops or point-to-point.

  7. Man, you’ve got a lot going on!

    Great job on the long run! 15 is a huge accomplishment. Pretty soon, 20 won’t even seem overwhelming! 🙂

    My tricks for surviving the long run: get yourself excited about it all week (fake the excitement if you need to, and then your body will get tricked into looking forward to the long run), bring fuel/gels/chews that actually taste good, and plan an interesting route. Another trick that I use but don’t necessarily recommend is that if I want to quit a long run early on, I tell myself “Sure Karen, you can quit now….but you’ll have to get up early and do the entire long run tomorrow.” Haha

  8. You are not a jerk for admitting it is hard on you! You have so much going on in your life! I can only imagine how stressful adding one more thing was! I totally agree that a long run is way better with a friend(s). The more, the merrier!

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