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My last long run until my first marathon!

Happy Monday everyone (and Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends πŸ™‚ )!

This past weekend was incredibly chaotic and fun!

Kyle and I had our housewarming party on Saturday. I hope to post a recap of that some time this week, but I have to get photos from someone first!

Sunday was an equally hectic day, but in a more physically demanding way. I had my longest run to date (and my longest run until my first marathon!!)- a 20 mile run!

So thankful that my super sweet friend, Michelle, ran ~18 miles with me. She really is the nicest person ever. She kept encouraging me the whole time and made me do some rolling hills- which really sounds like punishment but it was for the best since my marathon will be mostly hilly. I’m sure I would have told you something different (and perhaps given you a certain hand gesture) as we tackled those hills around mile 15…

P.S. All the awesome running photos are courtesy of Michelle! Thanks Michelle!

But let’s go back a bit. We met up at Quarry Lakes at 6:45 AM.

quarry lakes run with michelle

We spent the first few warm-up miles on the trails. What’s nice about this location is that you can choose paved or unpaved routes.

quarry lakes run with michelle
At a time when I didn’t want to chop off my legs

We did a lot of (different) out-and-back loops. We wanted to make sure I got those dreaded hills in, plus we didn’t want to get too far away from the water fountains and restrooms. Not going to lie- nothing about this run was easy. My legs felt like lead the whole time. I think it was a combination of taking 2 weeks off (yes. 2 WEEKS!) from running due to illness+school+party planning, AND the fact that I had spent all of Saturday (from 8:30AM to 10PM) on my feet. Whoops. Note to self: don’t do this the day before your marathon.

quarry lakes run with michelle
One of the paved paths

Back on those rolling hills again. They weren’t super steep by any means, but I promise it was steeper than it looks in this photo.

quarry lakes run with michelle

Here we are at around mile 18. Michelle had to take off so I ran the last 2-ish solo. Good practice for race day!

quarry lakes run with michelle

Those last 2 miles were unbelievably hard. Actually I ran closer to 20.4 miles because I forgot to unpause my Garmin after a water stop, but I still wanted to end on an even 20 (and I promised Michelle that I would πŸ˜‰ ).

All of it was hard. Probably one of the hardest (physically speaking) things I’ve ever done. You long distance runners are beasts. I’m fairly certain I was going so slow that you could have walked past me. Unfortunately this was discouraging and all I can think about now is, what pace do I run at for my marathon??

I’m not making an time goals for this race, but I’m a numbers person. I need to know what pace to run at or I will go crazy. Should I go with my 15 miler pace where I was running hard? Or should I go with my 18 miler that I ran at an easier pace? Or am I just going to suck on race day and run at a super duper slow pace?

Clearly I’ve got some confidence building to work on during these taper weeks.

After my run and a LOT of eating, I headed out to my very first yoga class with my BFF, Shanna. We took a Vinyasa Flow class and I will be sharing more about my experience + a giveawayΒ soon πŸ™‚

yoga shanna me

What is the hardest thing, physically, you’ve ever done? I’m expecting some “giving birth” answers, which will make me feel like a weakling πŸ˜‰

How do you determine your race pace?

Experienced marathoners- what pace should I go with?

What’s your favorite type of yoga?


34 thoughts on “My last long run until my first marathon!

  1. Vinyasa flow is definitely my favorite!… though not sure about doing it after my first 20-miler, haha.
    For sure, the 20-miler (and anything more) is something SUPER tough on the body AND the mind. All of the doubts, worries, and fears will surface. Those thoughts die down around mile 24.5 of a marathon when you see the light at the end of the tunnel πŸ˜‰

  2. Haha… I’ve given birth 3 times, and I might still say the marathon was the hardest thing…
    But in the middle of both, I’ve said “I’m never doing this again!” πŸ˜‰
    Good job on the 20 miler! Its tough! I had one this weekend too…
    My advice for your marathon is whichever pace you go with, start slow! Probably slower than you think you should… Its so easy to go out too fast! Especially with all the race excitement… and 26 miles is A LOT! πŸ˜‰

  3. Definitely don’t run at your 15 mile pace! Go out conservatively and run like you did for this 20, if you feel great late in the race you can speed up but if you go out too fast, you’ll be walking a lot in the late miles and end up slower than if you had just run easier the whole way. It’s your first so don’t put too much pressure on yourself over times!

  4. You were running in my old running stomping grounds when we lived in Fremont! You will be amazing- like the others said, go out easy and build- save something for the end. No one knows your body like you do- listen to it. Like everything you do, you will do amazing. What a journey you’ve been on!

  5. So excited for you!! I’m obviously not the one to give advice since I haven’t run a marathon myself, but I plan on taking it nice and easy when my time comes, especially for the first half. Good luck on the rest of your training!

  6. I was going to ask if you were training for a marathon the other day on the Instagram! I’ve missed lots not floating about on here! Totally have to make sure I read your marathon review! Well done on the miles! That looks tough as! I’m sure you’ll figure out the suitable pace, come race day. You’ll rock it! πŸ˜€

  7. I am so proud of you and happy for you! What a giant accomplishment! I have so much admiration for your hard work and dedication through this whole process. I can’t believe your race is almost here and am looking forward to hearing how it goes. Keep us posted and enjoy your taper time!

  8. Ohhh yes, please do post a recap! Oktoberfest is basically a month-long holiday in my family haha

    I think the fact that you were able to run 18 miles in spite of all of the stress you must be under is pretty incredible! Plus, they say it takes just over 2 weeks to lose even a small amount of fitness anyways so hopefully you’re right on track to rock your marathon!
    I can only imagine how difficult that run is. Literally, I can only imagine it, never ever in my life have I run that far!
    That being said, I always think that the mental side of running is both the hardest and most important. I wish I could offer you advice, but all I can say is that whatever strategy you choose, I don’t have a doubt you will finish that race and again, rock it!

  9. YAY 20 miles! Understandable that it was hard…it’s a looooong way!! About pace–definitely don’t start with anything that feels fast. Marathons are weird because they feel more like long runs than races—you feel like you’re running easy instead of “racing” for a lot of the race (at least that’s how I feel). If you have extra energy, speed up at the end and not the beginning πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  10. Nice job! I can’t believe you went to yoga after! I did almost all of my long runs at about 9 min/mile and then ran my race at 8.35 min/mile and was able to keep running for the whole thing. My advice would be to go out way more conservatively and speed up later (mile 18 onwards) if you can.

  11. You will do great. Just go out and do what your legs will let you do. I heard someone today at my marathon say, “I love marathons because you get to run slower because it lasts so much longer!” That’s how I got through. My first half was slow but consistent and my second half was slower but consistent. The goal is to finish and to do it in under the 6 hour time limit which I am sure you will be able to do! πŸ™‚

  12. That’s awesome! You’re going to crush that full. My advice is to NOT worry about time and pace. You can do that in your next marathon. This one you just want to finish. Don’t worry about your watch, just listen to your body. Start out slower than you want to and gradually pick up the pace if you feel comfortable. You want to try for a negative split so you aren’t completely spent that last 10k!

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