I will be honest – I had VERY low expectations for my 20 mile run this morning. I went to bed negative about it and woke up negative. Even when I left the house I wasn’t even sure if I would complete the whole 20 miles. Last week’s 20 miler really messed with my head – it was SO hard. I was anticipating freezing temps, pouring raining and a poorly-fueled body this morning.
Around mile 4, I snapped myself out it. I made a plan and decided that I was going to prove myself wrong. What was my plan? I broke the 20 miles into four 5-mile segments. I made a deal with myself that at the end of each 5 mile chunk, I would walk for .10 miles and eat a Gu or mini Clif bar. I promised myself not to think about the 5 mile before or the 5 miles to come and focus on working hard for just 5 miles.
Guess what? It worked!!! I have been playing around with my timing for fueling on the run and had my first Gu 1 mile sooner than I normally would. I think this timing of re-fueling every 5 miles worked great. I did Gu-mini Clif bar-Gu. And I had a 3rd Gu in my Spi Belt just in case I needed extra.
The differences between this week and last week were huge:
- I stayed positive the entire time
- I took it a little bit at a time
- I finished the 20 mile 10 MINUTES faster than last week (that’s 30 seconds faster/mile)
- I walked in the door with a smile on my face when I was done
The rain worked with me, too. It sprinkled a little, but nothing I couldn’t handle. I was a little over-dressed for the weather since I was expecting major rain, but I was never too hot. I wore long pants, a tank, longsleeve tech-tee, water-resistant vest and had a beanie that I wore during the times it was raining. I also had a poncho in my Spi Belt in case, but I didn’t need it. I am glad I found it in the hall closet, though, because it might come in handy on race day.
I guess I just had to get the jitters out last weekend with my first 20-miler. My confidence for marathon day is so much higher after today’s run. I actually felt like 6.2 more miles was a possibility when I got home. Not that I wanted to run 6.2 more miles, but last week it didn’t even seem possible. I am super proud of myself and so glad I snapped out of my funk and decided to conquer those 20 miles. It just goes to show you how much your mental attitude affects performance.
Noodles & Company Winner
The winner of the Noodles & Company giveaway is Jennifer! Congratulations, Jennifer! Email me at amanda(dot)modernation(at)gmail.com and I will get your certificates out to you on Monday.