Yesterday, Sister and I tackled our very last long distance training run for the Disney Marathon! How we finished, I still don’t really know but we did. I took off from work on Friday to run but the lovely weather here in Wisconsin decided not to cooperate so we postponed until Saturday morning. It was still kind of chilly but the wind was much calmer. I think when we left it was like 5 degrees or something like that.
We set off by 7:45 am or so because we had some fun afternoon plans with the parents. Right away I think Sister was struggling on this run – maybe too many sugar cookies or something? But I felt better than on our last 20 miler over Thanksgiving weekend. We ran a different way than our typical long run route which was a good change of scenery and also considering the weather, was probably the safer route to take as well. For once in our lives, we planned ahead and brought money so we could refuel with gatorade at a gas station instead of stopping home and man, that was a good idea. Otherwise, this 20 miler might have turned into a 15 miler!
We kept a more moderate pace and walked a lot but that seemed to really help me make it to the finish. Sister was not feeling the relief but at least it helped me?! Also, when we stopped at the gas station, we took a few minutes to stretch and do a down dog or two and hip stretches and that made all the difference for me on the last 5-6 miles of this run. I also should have taken one more gu sometime in the last 3-4 miles but realized it with only like 1.5 to go and I figured at that point, it was not really going to help… made that last part not so fun…
- Realizing I don’t have to train in the winter anymore this year!!!
- Running with Sister
- Talking about our newly developed running plans for 2013
- Reminding Sister that finish time is not important!
- Somehow being dressed appropriately – not too cold and only too hot for like 10 minutes!
- Knowing Sister was struggling
- Remembering a marathon is 20 + a 10k
- Freezing water bottles/gu
- Rude cars that refuse to be polite to runners and slowdown/move over
We ran for about 4 hours which, to me, didn’t feel that long at all. I really think running with someone makes the long distances more fun. I can’t wait until I get to run with Sister over the finish line in Florida three weeks from today! In fact, by this time, three weeks from now, we will be DONE!!!!! And sporting some awesome Disney race bling around our necks! Whoop!