Trial Run

June 4, 2011

Today was my last long run before the marathon, and my last opportunity to simulate anything about race day that I thought was necessary.

I made sure to wear the shorts I plan on wearing for the marathon.

And the shoes and socks that I will most likely wear.

For my first marathon, I was kind of risky and wore a pair of socks and underwear that I had never worn on a long run, and I had also bought a new sports bra that I had never worn at all! Thankfully none of them gave me any problems, but I wanted to play it safe this time around, so I made sure to wear everything I plan to wear in two weeks.

I have to admit that I do not have a standard pre-long run breakfast. Most people eat the same thing each time they do a long run or run a race, but I actually vary my breakfast foods depending upon what I am craving. There are certain elements to my breakfast that always remain the same: 2 servings of carbs, a nut butter of some sort, and a banana.

This morning I had half of a bagel with butter on it, graham crackers, and a banana with peanut butter.

After allowing my food to digest for about 2 hours, I was ready to go. I was definitely more nervous than usual for my run today because of last week’s sub-par long run.

Distance: 22 miles

Time: 3:20

Weather: 54* partly sunny at times, partly cloudy towards the end

Thankfully, today’s long run went fairly well overall.

I did start feeling some fatigue setting in my legs after a measly hour. But I plowed through and reminded myself that I have been running a lot this week (and last week), which is why I think I felt fatigued pretty early on in my run.

With my mileage today, I have officially hit 60 miles this week, which is my highest weekly mileage ever!

Stats from my run:

0 – number of stops 🙂

1 – moose spotted

2 – GUs consumed

3 – hours spent running

180 – number of minutes I had to pee (I refused to stop, so I held it for 3 hours. Pretty sure I am the queen of holding it!)

As soon as I got home, I knew I need to eat something even though I wasn’t hungry.

Rhubarb Muffin + Tropical Protein Smoothie

About two hours later, I had a scrambled egg + a toasted slice of homemade Whole Wheat Flax Bread

This afternoon Craig and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. Our anniversary isn’t until Tuesday, but we decided to celebrate today! Stay tuned for a recap! 🙂

    1. Nice long run! I’ve yet to spot a moose while running though I’ve seen several deer 🙂

    1. Awesome run! You’re definitely ready!

    1. congratulations for both the run and the anniversary! but – how can you manage holding that long?^^

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