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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Sweet Sixteen

My husband and I were dog-sitting today over at a friend's house, so I decided to plot my route from their house instead of from my own. At first, I was planning the normal long route, but then I thought about my friends' neighborhood, with its straightforward grid-like blocks, and then I plotted out what was essentially a track loop that was 1.6 miles.

1.6 X 10 laps = 16 miles

I figured I'd give it a try. The advantage of trying this was that I wouldn't be far in case I had another spill or if I got tired and couldn't finish. Plus, by running by their house in each lap, I had an easy pit stop.

The first 8 miles went really well and I was feeling great, but then in 9 and 10, I started tightening up and feeling tired; also, the track idea was beginning to feel monotonous. In one way, it was mentally advantageous because the distance was broken down into very conceivable, easy distances, but after passing the same stuff for the upteenth time, I was beginning to feel bored. The last 3 laps were hard, and the last lap, the last 1.6 miles, was brutal. It was a one-foot-in-front-of-the-other effort and I had to walk part of it. But I finished. As far as the upper body (i.e. lung capacity, stomach sensitivity), I was feeling just fine. But the lower body (i.e. my hips, knees, ankles, and feet) was stiff and sore by the end. My right hip and left knee were particularly aching; plus, a blister developed on my already bruised second-in-command toe.

After showering and eating, I now feel pretty darn good, tired, but good. However, I have mixed feelings about meeting the distance. On the one hand, it felt great to accomplish that mileage, but on the other, I'm thinking about how tired I was at the end and how the marathon will be another 10.2 miles in addition to that 16. But I guess I just have to be confident that when it comes time for the race, I'll be able to get it done.

For now, I'm glad to get that 16 miler done. This week's long run is a little easier, 12 miles, but then next week it's the big 18.


neese said...

wow! you are in a whole notha level! i've never gone that far but i would imagine it's natural to feel what your feeling, it's a long way and still a lot more to go. but keep putting in the work and focus on your goals and you will do it and be SO satisfied.

JustJunebug said...

see you're doing what i have been doing!! and we cant!

after my 15 yesterday, i was like Jesus...i would still have another 11! we cant look at it like that i suppose or we'll go nuts!

i was just thinking today, oh God i am about to basically 6 5K's this coming Saturday and realized i cant do that. I think well i have to do 15 AGAIN (like i did yesterday) and then a 5K! RR gave me that advice.

keep on truckin!!

we CAN do this!!!

Taryn said...

Yay on the 16! Don't worry about adding another 10 - my longest run before the marathon was 18 and I was sooo worried. But on race day, when I passed the 18 mile mark it was all downhill! The excitement, momentum of the crowd... you'll be awesome! (and I can't believe you ran 16 miles on a lap course... you must have a really entertaining internal monologue to keep you going! ;) )

Firefly's Running said...

The distance is hard at first, but once you accomplish it again. It will be no problem. Do not focus on the numbers. You will do great.

teacherwoman said...

Way to get that 16-miler done even though it seemed difficult towards the end! Way to persevere and keep going! I couldn't even imagine doing that mileage right now!