Wow, has it really been 10 weeks since I have written on my blog? It's amazing how busy our lives can get. Birthday parties for the 4 yr old and 9 yr old, dance competitions, travel, running, finishing the basement of our house, building a clubhouse for the kids, it's all gotten out of control. I don't have a minute to relax.
I've been running and training with friends who are running the Cleveland Marathon next week or have run one in the last few weeks. I had intended to run the half in Cleveland to pace a friend but she unfortunately will not be running. I guess that saves me $60 as I never signed up. After all my crazy marathon experiences I have sworn off that distance until I get things figured out. I have done a couple 20 mile training runs on trails over the last few months but always seemed to end up run/walking some and experiencing some issues. Two weeks ago I went out with Nick to put in a long run when the VR group had their 20 mile aided run. After 5.5 miles we hit the first aid stop that Vince had set out and I had one of the Apple Cinnamon Hammer Gels. Well about a mile or two later Nick and I took a wrong turn which cut off some mileage and then my stomach started it's rumblings. Beginning at mile 7-8 we had started walking some to prevent me from puking. This was crazy and I could only relate it to the gel. That's it no more gels. By the time we hit mile 11-12 my stomach was getting much better and we ran most of the remaining 3 miles back to the cars. This was ridiculous. It was either the gel or Nick.
So last weekend I saw a post on facebook from a friend who indicated he was putting in 20 on the Akron course the next day. I convinced myself to retaliate for the previous week and joined them at 6:00am. It was a small group just Red, Bob and I but we had a good time. After about 7 miles I started to feel a little tired and started eating some trail mix I had brought with me. I had been living off of the Marc's trail mix and/or Raisins for the last 2-3 months of running and only changed it during the VR run. So I started to feel a little better and we just carried on through the hills of Akron. We managed to all stay together and had a nice little rest stop at mile 14 thanks to Debi. Well after that things started to get a little quite. We hit the last hill before Stan Hywett hall and Red indicated we had to run this. I felt a little rush of energy and powered up the hill at a pretty good pace. When I hit the top I walked for a little until red and bob caught up and then we were ready to turn the corner.
At this point Bob and I started talking about construction and drywall so Red put on her iPod and she was off. We held close for most of the next few miles (she had done this once before to us at around mile 12). When we all got back together we gave her a hard time about leaving us and then it was time for all of us to put on the tunes. It was strange but as soon as the music hit me I got a rush and it was on. This was strange. I had run 15 miles and was ready to get going. we picked up the pace down Market and Red really got going. I was still a little worried in the back of my mind so I would stop every once in a while to regroup with Bob and then we were off again. Red stopped for a second at the corner of Main and we all ran to the finish together. When I looked down and saw the 26 mile mark on the street I sprinted to the roadrunner statue and it felt great. I had run almost 20 miles and my legs were strong and picking up the pace. My stomach was good and although I later saw that I was down almost 2% of my body weight from where I started it was great. I'm still amazed. I did the math and figured that if we kept the pace for another 6 miles we would have finished in around 4:40-4:45. That's insane on a training run for me.
So I could most likely run the Cleveland Marathon and set a PR but I won't. I'm going to take this experience and go run another training run and then another until I know what I can do. The feeling I had during those last 2-3 miles is why I run. Not for a race or a metal...
With that being said... I'm finishing the Buckeye 50k in 10 weeks.
4 weeks ago