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October 16, 2010

I Ran A Marathon

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 18:42

But not a race. And not in one day.  And not *quite* a marathon.  But between Friday and Saturday I’ve run 26 miles even.  Had I known I was .2 away I’d have done it! (and there IS a reason behind it explained later.  I’m not *that* crazy in busting out mega miles.  At least not this time!)

Friday I woke up feeling ugh.  I think it’s because this past week I’ve had clinics every day so I got to sleep in and recover from the sleep debt I’ve accumulated in the past, oh I don’t know, month or so. The good news is that after 6 nights of longer hours of sleep I think I’ve broken even.

The bad news is that when my alarm went off at 0529 (rather than 0759 the rest of the morning.  And yes I know I’m weird that I don’t set an alarm to an “even” time.  But I know for a fact that others of you don’t either!) getting up to run was the last thing I wanted to do.  But I got up and tried to gut out a run.

It wasn’t meant to be.

I’m sure that there were TONS of factors that went into Friday’s run being a bust.  Things have been very stressful at work and, coupled with loooooooooong clinic hours and race recovery (I don’t think I’ll ever tire of linking to my races.  Oops) and an early alarm, I should have expected a run to suck.  I’m surprised it didn’t happen sooner actually.

But I got off 5.6 miles before I called it a day (or morning as it were).  I was going to try for some miles post-work on Friday, especially since Friday wasn’t the most fun time to be at work due to the stress of this week, but when I got home I just wanted to crawl under a warm blanket and read.  So I did.

Regrouping on Friday (aka NOT pushing for a second run) was probably the best choice because I had an amazing run on Saturday (which is today when I’m typing this).  Maybe it was the not killing myself on Friday, maybe it was the going out to celebrate a friend’s birthday Friday night or maybe it was the re-introducing my good friend NaCl back into my diet (hello not having head rushes!) that did the trick but today I felt great. And since I’ve already told you that I’ve run 26 miles in two days and that Friday was 5.6 then I’m sure you can figure out that Saturday was a 20.4 mile effort.

Mind you: I did NOT leave my apartment this morning intending to run a 20 mile effort.  I though I’d just get in a long run that was on par with what I’ve been doing the past few weeks, assuming my legs weren’t still mad at me like they apparently were on Friday.  But they weren’t.  I mean, sure, at first (like always) my legs didn’t want to run. But it’s rare for me to feel “on” from the get-go.  My legs took a bit to warm up but my lungs and legs and, most importantly, my mind were all in sync.

But confession: The 20.4 miles were in two runs separated by 2 hours.  So it wasn’t really a 20 mile run.  But I think still impressive.

  • 1st loop: 10.6 miles @ 9:02
  • 2nd loop: 7.5 miles @ 8:49
  • Total: 18.1 miles @ 8:57


  • 3rd loop: 2.3 miles @ 8:29
  • Total for day: 20.4 miles @ 8:53

I wasn’t sure about going for a second run.  But the voice in the back of my mind said go for it.  And I’m glad I did.  Yes, I know that I’m not following a training plan for a marathon right now, BUT I’m debating a marathon in the semi near future. No, it wouldn’t be a *key* race or anything for me (I’m definitely not specifically trained for a marathon at the moment) but I have a friend who is doing one soon and asked me if I’d be willing to do some of it too and quasi-pace part of it or run the whole thing.

So today’s run was not just for the hell of it — although I’m still not committed to doing this race so maybe it will end up having been for the hell of it and I have no plans to repeat 20 before any prospect race here — but rather a way to see if I’m physically capable of doing it.

And I think I am.  Should I choose to accept this mission, of course.



I don't care what anyone says. Or what he does. I am a fan. At least of his movies.


While my legs are feeling some of the effects right now – oh HEY the longest run I’ve done in awhile has been 15.5 or so – I truly felt like I could have gone more. Maybe not the first part of the run but definitely the second part.  After I got back from those 2.3 miles I looked at my roomie and said “I TOTALLY could have done more”. And it was pretty darn fast too.

I think that truly makes me built for long distances? 🙂

We shall see on Sunday how they *really* felt about it.  As of right now I’m not planning on doing more than a Faith Walk that the clinic I work at is involved in.  It’s a mile walk in a really pretty area and I figure that it’ll be good for my legs to do some walking tomorrow after today’s efforts.

Then again, it was a perfect fall day and absolutely, 100% conducive to running to I’m not going to regret the 20.4 miles.  Chilly if not in the sun but the sun was out and shining brilliantly.  I think that it was 48* at the start of the first part of my runs and the high Saturday was 58*.   It was a tad blustery out (we’ve been under a severe wind advisory for the past few days which semi-explains the slowerness of the runs) but still: pretty darn nice out.

And with that I’m going to go finish up baking some cookies with the roomie and attempt to channel my inner baking champ (although I doubt I’ll be the baking queen).  Because I’m going out again tonight.  And it’ll be a long night. And going out + long run = MM wants some gooooooooood snacks when she arrives home 😀

Enjoy your Saturday nights peeps! Here’s the latest song I’ve been radio-surfing to find.  A treat for reading all this!

And here’s a giveaway from Shut Up and Run for sticking with my long post 😀


  1. Thanks for stealing my pic 😉

    Comment by Matt — October 16, 2010 @ 19:34

    • Hahah. I googled “slow running” and that was the first thing that popped up for me!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 17, 2010 @ 20:31

  2. Bam. You are young, you are fit, and you are definitely allowed to bust out 20 miles just for the joy of it. So funny that you rebounded from Friday’s sloggy feeling to wake up all peppy-legged on Saturday and bust out that distance like it ain’t no thang. Whatever marathon you decide on, you will likely lay down a truly naaaasty 26.2, based on your fab fall racing.

    Comment by sweatykid — October 16, 2010 @ 19:50

    • ummmmm and I just read your comment on my post today. And comPLETEly agree. Every time you or Lacey post about racing/training together, I get sooo envious that I am not in New England. With our powers combined…. how fun would it be to team up and chase 18:59, and 40:59 (heck, 39:59), and 3:19:59…??!! Gahhh!

      Comment by sweatykid — October 16, 2010 @ 20:08

  3. um, what kind of cookies did you make? sorry, for the totally non-running related query. I’m all about sugar these past few days, LOL! =D

    Comment by hotlegsrunner — October 16, 2010 @ 20:58

    • Oatmeal raisin and then we made butterscotch brownies. Yum.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 17, 2010 @ 20:32

  4. I swear we’re often on the same wavelength when it comes to music. I was just updating my itunes yesterday and what would you guess I added to it? lol

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — October 16, 2010 @ 21:04

  5. I think you are truly built for ALL distances – you just rock at them all, girl!!! Good job on the accidential 26 :). And I set my alarm clock for 0509, just seems better than 0500 (bleh)…and I like T.C., too :).

    Comment by Jill — October 16, 2010 @ 23:45

  6. What Jill said 🙂 I only recently found you, but it seems like you have a strong pair of legs on you. And a good head too. Rocking out 20 miles after a bust the day before ain’t no easy thing. I hope you do pace your friend — I think that sounds like a really nice idea, and you’re definitely good for the miles! 🙂

    Comment by AlisonM — October 17, 2010 @ 04:31

  7. Good job on that running, I always want to run doubles when I read your blog but I’ve only done it once. It was a lot harder than I expected it to be haha! I set my alarm clock for 5.45 or 5.00 Maybe 5.01 would be more appealing though, 4.59 certainly wouldn’t.. What a diffence a minute can make!

    Comment by Laura — October 17, 2010 @ 08:22

  8. You can do it!!! Just set your goal, make a plan and get after it.

    Comment by Joe Hrdlicka — October 17, 2010 @ 13:27

  9. I always try to set my alarm to the last possible minute that I need and can still get to work on time. Great job on the miles! Hope you are enjoying your Sunday and recovering well!

    Comment by J — October 17, 2010 @ 14:17

  10. So did you just drive yourself crazy during the two hour break thinking, “Why did I stop when I was so close to 20?” and then go out and do the last 2?

    Comment by Chelsea — October 17, 2010 @ 16:21

    • Exactly. And finally my roomie was like “just go out there and do it. But I still think you’re crazy” hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 17, 2010 @ 20:33

  11. Holy miles. You’re running as much as me and I have this pesky thing coming up in 3 weeks. BTW – what terrain are the loops? Pavement, gravel, etc? As usual, you are crazy busy. 🙂

    Comment by a marathoner — October 17, 2010 @ 20:04

    • The pathway is dirt and everything else is sidewalk. Since I mostly run eaaaaaaaaaaarly I stay of the path a lot but my longer runs (like the 20) was mostly on pavement just because I didn’t want to run a 4 mile loop 5 times!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 17, 2010 @ 20:34

  12. You impress me. I barely run 4 miles without planning it, to bust out 20 without planning is just amazing. What brewery did you go to? I love breweries!

    Comment by Kelly — October 17, 2010 @ 21:20

    • It’s called Trinity Brewhouse. It’s not that big but they brew their own stuff.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 18, 2010 @ 17:49

  13. I love that you just popped out to run a marathon over 2 days…good job listening to your bod though and skipping the 2nd runs as needed 🙂

    I also love the Homer pic, that was my run last weekend in a nutshell, Doh!!

    Comment by Sarah — October 17, 2010 @ 22:38

  14. yay yay for the weekend marathon…geeeez you are a distance girllll! I can’t decide if I’m a distance or a sprinter…I go back and forth between loving the 10 or 15-miles distance (even though I’ve only ran 15-mi 3x in my life, I loved it all 3x.
    I want to come run a marath. w/ you!! I’ve got to do one in life (two for Boston!)…and i’m convinced my 1st one will be w/ you! bahaha! sista!
    I hope you have a great week ahead of you!
    p.s. I spent two weeks upping the salt intake…and I’ve never felt better!

    Comment by lizzyj1305 — October 17, 2010 @ 22:59

  15. I just found you through Ada’s blog — I’m the girl in the white shirt in the pic who looks like she is not sober. Haha. Yeah, our 23 miles was tough, but it sounds like your 20 were great! It’s just the best feeling when a long run turns out exactly as planned. Congrats! 🙂

    Comment by caronae — October 18, 2010 @ 00:29

  16. Awesome job with your run, girl! I have been running to that song lately as well:)

    Comment by Ada — October 18, 2010 @ 07:09

  17. Girl – 20 miles on Saturday? Get a marathon on your calendar already!! 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — October 18, 2010 @ 07:25

  18. Yay! I want to see pics of thsoe cookies. That picture of Homer = awesome for describing a bad run. I wish I thought of it first. 😉

    Comment by Jess — October 18, 2010 @ 13:56

    • Is it bad that they’re all gone already? Next time I SWEAR I’ll take pictures. My roomie is quite the baker lately and I’ve been joining. Mostly for the batter though hahah

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 18, 2010 @ 17:51

  19. hell yeah that’s impressive! Now tell me what kind of cookies you baked.

    Comment by Marcia — October 18, 2010 @ 14:27

    • Oatmeal raisin and also Butterscotch brownies. They’re all gone and were delicious.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 18, 2010 @ 17:52

  20. Nice job on the miles girl! I think sometimes the best runs are the ones you don’t over plan for. Can’t wait to hear about your marathon decision 🙂 Boston, perhaps?

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — October 18, 2010 @ 14:59

    • Well check out my latest post and you’ll have your answer 🙂

      Comment by marathonmaiden — October 18, 2010 @ 17:53

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