This distance has proved to be one of my faves during marathon training. Usually, it goes well and I don’t have that I-might-die-soon feeling shortly before hearing Garmin beep that signal that it’s over. Three weeks ago, I may have taken this relationship with 16 for granted.
Saturday, we rekindled our bond.
The Night Before: We ventured back to the Chatauqua Dining Hall with some visitors in town. If running is on the agenda, pizza is on the brain.
You’re looking at a larger than expected Chef’s Specialty Flatbread Pizza (minus bacon). Half of that filled me up, the other half came home as leftovers.
We didn’t skip dessert either. I mean, when in Boulder….right?
The Plan: Run 8 miles with my CamelBak (water), music and if-I-need-them Shot Bloks, then meet D for the next 8 for Accelerade & a buddy.
My Nike running capris finally saw the light of day again, it was a cool 50* at 6:30 a.m. and I had goose bumps up and down my short-sleeve exposed arms! I ran along the trail paying little attention to my pace, and more to the feel of the run.
Weather? Perfect. Pace? Faster than usual. Overall Feel? I could do this all day.
I ended up turning around at what would create 9-miles by my meet-up, knowing I always do better mentally with a shorter ‘second half”.
The Fuel: Water every mile, 1/2 Shot Blok package at mile 5, second half at mile 10. Accelerade around every mile (>9 miles).
Lemon-lime Shot Bloks are officially my running amigo.
The Second Half: D cruised along the trail to find me at ~8.5 with big waving arms and a smile. I laughed, turned off the tunes, and happily ran alongside my LR buddy.
We talked, sipped Go-Fast juice, strategized the marathon, compared my two training cycles (mentally, physically, etc), and let the miles tick by. When any hills came up, he reminded me “it’s nothing compared to last week.” Perspective is everything.
The End: With a lot of energy left in my tank, I picked it up. Having kept the average pace somewhere between 8:50-9:15, the legs quickened their step and created 8:31 and 8:15 for the last two miles.
16 miles, 2:22:44
Avg pace 8:55 min/mile, Avg HR 170 bpm
I refueled with my favorite: Banana PB Smoothie + Granola
2/3 c Nonfat Greek Yogurt
1/2 raw banana, sliced
1/2 frozen banana, sliced*
1 tbsp Natural Peanut Butter
1/4 cup Granola
*Adding that frozen banana is key for a deliciously thick texture.
Runs like this completely rejuvenate the mentality during training. I have my lat 20 on deck next week, and I’m already excited to tackle it yet again!