I think I’ve forgotten how to blog, it’s been so long! But here I am, many weeks into my marathon training, with only a few short weeks to go. This past weekend was a 20-mile run, my longest to date. It started out well. It was a cool morning when I set out, and I took a nice, easy pace because I knew I had a long way to go. I did 1:1 run/walk intervals and things felt really good. At 15 miles, my pace was still pretty slow, but I felt good and so I decided to stop worrying about how slow I was going and just keep doing what I was doing. I met my husband at the house at 15 miles and he ran the rest of the time with me. At this point, my legs started to feel really, really TIRED and it actually felt worse to walk and so I switched to 2:1 intervals just so I could get the damn run done. By 18.5 miles, I was feeling nauseous and my calves were on fire. My husband told me that we’d just walk for a while. “There’s no shame in walking the rest of the way,” he told me, and I wanted to just kiss him at that point, but I also wanted to just drop where I was and not move another inch. However, after walking for a period of time, I decided that I wasn’t quitting, that I was going to finish running and so we did. It was ugly, but I finished that 20 miles.
Here are my results:
My watch on the left stopped at 15.5 miles, but luckily my husband had his watch and was able to track the rest of the run.
As you can see, my pace is SLOW. Really slow. But I feel like if I try to go any faster, I’m going to run out of gas and I’ll never get to 26.2 miles.
But what to do about the aching, cramping legs and nausea? Honestly, I feel like it’s a fuel and hydration issue. I had one gel during the entire run, and I had a couple bites of potato that I brought with me, since potatoes have been such a great pre-run energizing fuel for me. I was drinking Gatorade and water throughout the run, but I was extremely thirsty after 15 miles, and so obviously I wasn’t drinking as much as I should be.
I still have one more practice run before the actual race. I will run 22 miles next week. I’ll use that run to experiment some more. Perhaps 30:30 intervals? I’ll definitely use more energy gels, whether I feel like I need them or not. And I will be sure to drink more.
Any other words of advice from the runners out there? I sure could use some words of wisdom right now.