My Longest Run Yet: 15 Miles!

Aaaah! I did it!

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That’s my super excited face.

I ran 15.0 Miles this morning, setting a new PDR (personal distance record). 😀

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HOLLER! (I forgot to stop the watch when I started walking, so the numbers are a bit off.)

Before I left the apartment, I fueled up with a half honey bagel with PB.

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I met Kelly at 5:30 am for our usual Friday run. It was nice to have her with me to keep me occupied for the first 7.0 miles. We walked for a minute or so at the end because I had to go to the bathroom, like REALLY bad. Kelly drove me 1.3 miles to my car, I hoped out, ran to my apartment, went to the bathroom, and ran back out the door. I did all of this is 5 minutes and 36 seconds. Speedy pit stop 😀

I finished the remaining 8.0 miles on my own. I really didn’t know if I could do it! I have never run that far, and never more than 8.0 miles on my own! I actually ran faster by myself, because I was already warmed up, had nobody to talk to, and just wanted to get it over with!

Mentally, I broke the run up into little chunks. First 7.0 miles with Kelly, only 3 more miles to a shot block, only 3 more miles to the next, only 1.5 miles to fill up my water bottle, etc.

Dark cherry Shotbloks: Miles 7,10, and 13.

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Run Stats:

  • Distance: 15.0 miles !!!
  • Time: 2:32
  • Average Pace: 10:10 (a little off because I forgot to stop it, close enough!)
  • Average Heart Rate: 163 bpm

I’m so proud! A few years ago, I couldn’t run 1.0 mile. Hard work pays off, you just have to really want it!

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When I got home, I wasn’t that hungry but KNEW that I needed to eat something. It didn’t take much effort to decide:

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My yogurt mess contained:

  • 1 container Vanilla Stonyfield yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Kashi go Lean cereal
  • 1/2 cup Bear Naked chocolate granola (yup… 270 calories worth!)
  • banana
  • strawberries… which I got tired of cutting!

 

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It tastes better once it’s all jumbled up!

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Next item on the list?

ICE BATH!… dun dun dun…

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Trust me, it was cold. Twenty pounds of ice later…

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Haha. Yep. It hurt. I’ve done it a couple of times before, so I was prepped for pain.

I wore a fleece hoodie to stay “warm”.

My legs were sore all over. I figured dunking them in ice was faster than individually icing each area. Once I was all the way in, they went slightly numb feeling and then it wasn’t bad at all.

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I brought along a watch to time myself for 15 minutes…

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…and a cup of hot pear tea!

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…and of course, Runners’ World magazine, and my camera for entertainment.

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Check out those chill bumps…

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I never thought I would ACTUALLY be training for a marathon. For the past three years, I have been training for 5k-half marathon distances. Not until today have I actually felt like I was MARATHON TRAINING! Now that my long runs are exceeding half marathon distance, it feels for real.

Disney Marathon… here I come!

❤ MegaNerd

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56 Responses

  1. 😀 Yay! So happy for you!!!!! That is awesome woman! What a way to start the day 🙂 Hope your day is as happy as your morning!

  2. Congrats Megan!! I’m glad the rest of your run went great! I knew you could do it. 🙂 Thanks for meeting up with me this morning. I’m getting nervous about my 14 miler this weekend!

  3. omg… you are amazing! first a 15 mi. run (on a friday, ah!) – then an ice bath! i’ll be honest, i think i’d rather do the run! what a brave one you are. 😉

  4. 15 miles, yay! Congrats! The ice bath didn’t look like too much fun, but I bet it helped a lot.

    Can’t wait til you run the Disney Marathon…you’ll do awesome. I want to run the new 1/2 marathon during next year’s Food and Wine Festival.

  5. Ahh, you couldn’t pay me to get into an ice bath! You’re brave!

    Congrats on the run!

  6. Yay, congrats! That’s so awesome. 🙂 A year ago, I couldn’t run a mile, and now I’m running a 15K this weekend?! Its crazy what you can do when you put your mind to it!

    Right now, I can’t imagine ever running 15 miles. Then again, a year ago, a 5K sounded crazy. So I guess we’ll see 🙂

  7. Brrr…you are so brave! I don’t know that I could do an ice bath even though I know they are beneficial.

    Congrats on the distance, that is amazing!!

  8. Congrats! Yog mess well deserved 🙂

  9. CONGRATS! 🙂 What an amazing accomplishment! And I’m cold just reading about the ice bath!

  10. Congrats on the run! You are a super star!!

  11. Congratulations! I love that feeling of conquering a new distance. Can’t believe you could do that on a Friday morning; what a way to start the weekend off right!

  12. CONGRATULATIONS!! What an awesome accomplishment!

  13. Congratulations!!!!!!!! You should be so proud of yourself!

  14. Congrats on your PDR!!!! It feels so good to set these personal records! I love the ice bath pictures! I really should take ice baths, but I think I’m too much of a baby! ahhh are they really, really bad?? Do you think it aids in recovery ??

    • NO.. It wasn’t that bad at all.

      Getting in is the hardest part, but after 1-2 minutes your legs feel numb and then you just get bored. I like to wear a fleece hoodie and have the tea. It helps to have music or something to keep your mind from just staring down at your legs though, lol.

      If ice baths seem scary, try using just cold water with ice from your freezer. It will melt instantly because it won’t be quite as cold as with the 20 lb bag of ice. Also, you only need to fill it like 5 or 6 inches. It wasn’t all the way up to my waist or anything. Just enough to cover up my legs.

      It really helps!!

  15. WOW! THATS INCREDIBLE! very very inspiring, megan! YOU ARE TRAINING FOR A MARATHON AND SHOULD BE SO PROUD! AHH! YOU ROCK!

  16. congratulations!!! that is an accomplishment in itself!

  17. Congrats to you! That’s so inspiring!

  18. Awesome job!!!! You should be so proud!!! The ice baths are terrible to get in but once your in, they aren’t that bad and they help soooooo much. I think it’s easier if you fill up the tub with cold water and get in and then pour the ice in after you are already in……..easier if you have someone to dump it on you but doable by yourself……

    Great job!!!!

  19. Awesome, awesome work Megan! There is no better feeling than knocking through a PDR. Damn straight you deserved all that Bear Naked! 😛

  20. Good for you! A year ago I was doing my first half-marathon and since then I have done several more and my first marathon. Next week is my second and I’m nervous! Keep up the great work!

  21. Congratulations! You are amazing. The yogurt looks delicious too 🙂

    Does icing help with the soreness?

  22. EEEE!!! Congrats 🙂 I love that pic of you – you looks so happy!

    Is it weird I’m jealous of your post-run “pain”? But so much glory too! Marathon training is awesome 🙂

    Have a wonderful Friday!!

  23. Congratulations on your 15 miler! What a huge accomplishment. My husband, who is training for the Marine Corps Marathon, takes ice baths a few times a week after running. His right knee has been surgically repaired twice, and the ice bath really helps with minimizing post run pain and swelling.
    Keep up the good work!

  24. Congrats on your PDR! I got goosebumps just looking at your ice bath pics!

  25. HOORAY for you . . . I’m giving you a mental thumbs up . . . plus you are brave for jumping in that ice bath, but I’m sure it helped.

  26. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great job, Megan!! Your smile is priceless 🙂

  27. Ice bath!! Holy crap!! That is my worst nightmare.

    You totally kick runings ass, congrats!!

  28. Congrats!!!! And an ice bath!?!?! OMG, lady. You are stronger than me!

  29. great job on the run! that ice bath looks painful but i am glad it felt good!
    jenna

  30. Awesome job on the run this morning! And way to brave that ice bath! I’m not sure I’ll ever wanna take one…brrr!

  31. YAY!! I hate ice baths too, but, they make SUCH a difference. Way to go. I’m totally jealous right now because I was too sick to run yesterday and all I want to do today is RUN, but, I have a 22 (gulp) miler tomorrow and can’t be messin’ around today.

    Good luck on your exam tomorrow!

  32. Congrats lady! That picture makes me smile 🙂

  33. You are amazing and the perfect example of how lots of TIME and HARD WORK will pay off! Things don’t always come easy, esp. big goals like a marathon, but with time and dedication it can be done. 🙂

    And I’m kind of laughing how everyone is shocked about your ice bath! I think it’s a great idea — athletes do it ALL the time, lol it’s really not that bad nor that big of a deal. 🙂

  34. amazing job on the 15 miles!!!

  35. Congrats on the pdr! My goal for today is 5miles, which sounds much more managable now 🙂

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  36. 15 is great megan! I thought that was a real milestone the first time I hit it. Good job, you held a great time. and sounds like your recovery strategy is in line. Well done.

  37. Congratulations on 15 miles!!! That’s awesome!!!! Well done 😀

    You SHOULD be proud of yourself. You really deserve it!

    The ice bath looks soooreeee but good. I think i’ll try one next time I go on a huge run.
    See if it helps 🙂

    Have an awesome day!

  38. Ice baths SUUUUUCK. The first time I did one, I cried. I felt better afterwards though!

  39. An ICE BATH? Girl you are seriously, seriously brave! I couldn’t do it. Okay, maybe I could, but it would SUCK! 😀

  40. WAY TO GO!!!! My PDR is only 13.5 miles. Can’t wait until I start marathon training next year and hit those big numbers though. I Loooveee long runs AND ice baths!

  41. Whooooo congrats on your awesome run!! You’re way over half way to marathon distance!!

  42. Great job on your PDR!! You are so inspiring! I’ve conquered the half, but haven’t committed to a full yet. Someday…

  43. Nice Runners Legs… Megan…. Finally I’ve found someone with strong legs like mine. I.e. I’ll sometimes say they are “fat” legs but rather they are muscular, needing a bit of toning. ANd congratulations on PDR! That is great! My PDR is 15.6 i.e. a 25k. So I hope you do well on your marathon. At least I know some of what you’re feeling.

  44. Congrats on your run – that is fantastic. And good luck on that exam!

  45. CONGRATS! you are amazing girl! Keep up the good work, you will do awesome!

  46. Congrats on the PDR!
    Just looking at that ice bath gives me goose bumps. Brr.

  47. Yay!! Great job girl! you are awesome!!

  48. I’ve never been brave enough to do the ice bath!

  49. catching up on blog reading and just wanted to say THAT’S AWESOME!!! congrats 🙂 and love the ice bath pics, haha.

  50. Ahh – ice baths. So painful but so worth it. My first half I didn’t do an ice bath and could barely walk the next day. Every race since it has been mandatory! And I also bring hot tea and a magazine. But I have never thought of wearing a sweatshirt – I will have to try that next time.

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