“Whatever song you have in your head had better be a good one. Whatever story you are telling yourself has better be a story about going on. There is no negativity. The reason most people quit has nothing to do with their body.” ~ Scott Jurek
I have realized that during this marathon training season, the times that I had not so good runs, weren’t really about my physical strength, but rather my mental weakness.
On Saturday, October 5th, I ran my final super long run, with the mind set that it is going to be a good run. I just knew it was going to be that way, I felt excited and eager to get out there.
My garmin recorded 20 miles, however I think I ran at least 21 or maybe even 22. The reason I say this is because while looping around the Jefferson I looked down at my watch, and it had been stopped.
Anyway, whatever, 20, 21, 22, its all the same. They are all in the 20s and so is 26.2. What I mean by this, is at this point in your run, you pretty much are either hitting the wall, or in the zone. The zone is where you want to be. It is when you are preforming at your peak ability. This is why we run, as runners – this is what we are all chasing.
On this 20 plus miler, I must have been in the zone… because during this run I didn’t desperately want it to end like I do sometimes when I feel bored or hungry. After I finished this run, even though my legs were jello and in pain, I could only describe myself as good, happy, excited even.
This is how it all went down…
Because of the Government Shutdown, the running trails that I normally run on were closed. I did see people sneak on the trails, but I decided to avoid them. This took me out of my comfort zone and forced me to find a new and exciting route.
The night before I decided to use the Map my Run app to figure out a way to fit 20 plus miles in from my house to the National Mall. I live right on the other side of the Potomac… being so closed to DC, made me concerned I wouldn’t have enough miles, and my run would end just short of 20.
Another dilemma, the October Heat Wave. Because it would be 90 degrees by noon, this forced me to get out of bed bright and early. I struggle in the heat. In my early 20s, I use to be able to do runs on code red days without eating breakfast, but now in my late 20s, that just sounds like torture.
So I crawled out of bed, grabbed my iPod, Garmin, Camelbak, and I headed out the front door.
- I ran from South Glebe to North Glebe.
- Then I made a right down North Quincy.
- Made the next right down Wilson.
- I passed North Side Social heading toward Clarendon.
- Ran through Clarendon down to Court House.
- I passed Court House, running down to Rosslyn.
- Made a left at the bottom of the hill, ran straight over The Key Bridge.
- At the end of the bridge I made a right on M street.
- Ran through George Town on M until I hit Wisconsin.
- Made my next right on Wisconsin and ran down to the George Town Waterfront.
- Made a left and ran passed the Waterfront.
- Ran passed the Kennedy Center towards Memorial Bridge.
- Right before the Bridge I crossed the street to hit the National Mall.
- I made a right and headed to 14th Street.
- On 14th Street I headed towards the Jefferson and then jumped on the 14th Street bridge.
- I ran across the bridge (South) towards VA.
- At the end of the bridge I turned around and ran it again back towards DC. (North)
- Then I ran the Tidal Basin.
- I passed the WWII memorial.
- I passed the reflection pool.
- I passed the Lincoln.
- I headed over the Memorial Bridge.
- I made a right and ran through Arlington Cemetery.
- I ran up to the Iwo Jima memorial.
- I ran down through Rosslyn.
- Then I ran up hill.
- ¬†I ran up Wilson.
- Passed Rosslyn.
- Passed Court House.
- Passed Clarendon.
- The hill finally ended.
- I made a left on S. Quincy.
- I made a left on North Glebe.
- I finally arrived back at South Glebe.
- 20 plus miles in 3:30ish.¬†
This run was really fun because it was a new route. I also hit up a lot of the monuments and memorials that I normally see from the other side of the potomac.
After I stopped my Garmin. I walked a half mile back to my house. It felt good to walk, even though it was up hill. I live in a very hilly neighborhood. But walking after a long run is very important.
When I got home, I chugged a bottle of water. Although, I drank plenty of water while I was running, it is very important to stay hydrated in order to avoid lactic acid build up in your legs, which later causes soreness.
Then I took a shower. After long runs I always put my shower on as cold as I can. Cold ice water is good for the muscles and helps reduce inflammation. Oh wow, this felt truly amazing.
This long run was bitter sweet. The reason why is because it was my last super long run before the marathon, which means my marathon training is coming to an end. However, I also felt excited because now my super long run is over and the marathon is right around the corner. ¬†Yesterday, marked 20 more training days, which means taper time – it’s all down hill from here on out. Woohoo!!
So for the next 20 days, I am going to be doing short faster runs. I will also include hill work in most of my runs. Because my runs will be shorter, I am going to put a more intense focus on weight lifting, doing active rest periods, and circuit training to build endurance.
According to my training plan this weekend my long run will be 12, and the weekend after that my long run will be 8 – if you even want to call those long runs…
I will keep my training and nutritional goals on point. It’s grind time!!
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