Saturday was a day that I had been
dreading worrying about for a while. My 18 mile run. My 2nd highest mileage to date! Just one more jump of high mileage (20 miles) and I will be at the peak of my Marathon training! This means…gulp….that the Marathon is just around the corner. Yikes!
When I started my run, it was a freezing 32 degrees. Frost covered the ground. Some runners even had frost develop on their hats! It still seems crazy to me that just 2 days before, I wore shorts for the Turkey Trot!
I decided to try out my Compression Socks under my tights for extra warmth. Boy was I ever glad I had those! I was comfortable for my entire run! It was great!
I ran the first 1o miles with my friends, then they left me to return to the warmth of their homes. I continued on my journey for another 8 miles. I got bored multiple times on my run so I took some pictures to share! :0)
I love how our coach breaks up our long training runs. This one consisted of three different 6 mile routes. It’s more do-able to me when I think “Ok, I just have another 6 mile run and I’m done!”
Pretty tree-lined path downtown!
My new best friends….my Sauconys! When you find the perfect pair of running shoes, it’s like a match made in Heaven! :0)
The oldest church in our town! :0) It’s BEAUTIFUL inside! Lots of weddings are held here!
Last 6 mile route, along the water! Fabulous!
Do you see what is up in front of this house?! CHRISTMAS lights!!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE running along the water during Christmas! My favorite group run was last year the week of Christmas at night! We all ran together downtown along the water to look at all the houses lit up with Christmas lights!! It was so much fun! This house is my favorite along this route! :0)
I did really really well during this run. It was about mile 14 when everything started to ache. This happened to me during my 16 mile run a few weekends ago, also.
Me at mile 15 wondering if I would make it to 18! LOL
I was thankful once again for my Hot Hands that saved me during this run! These bring me back to Disney in January when it was FREEZING for my very first Half Marathon! These things saved my butt!
I came running in with a huge smile on my face, even though I was aching everywhere! I just did it! Aaaaaah!
I DID IT! I finished my very first 18 mile run!!!
It took me a little less than 4 hours. After the run, I stretched, talked to coach for a while, got hot chocolate, etc. I forgot to turn off my watch! When I came running in, I was just barely over 18 miles, right under 4 hours! I also don’t stop my watch at water stations, breaks, etc, so I have no clue how my true time played out! Oh well!
The weather AFTER I finished running! Didn’t warm up too much!
I came home, took a shower, and a nap, then went to my parents house to help them decorate for Christmas! :0) It was a fun day!
When you have a long run planned and it’s freezing outside, do you get out and run anyway, run on the treadmill instead, change your run to a different day, etc?