Epic Twenty Miles

 Twenty Miles… I did it!

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When the alarm went off at 5:00 am this morning… I jumped out of bed. I was actually really pumped up for this run.

 

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I had a few different outfit choices ready to go. The weather is cooler than usual, and I wasn’t sure what I would need.

 

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I ended up layering my clothing, and lost the excess as the run went on.

Layer 1: Layer 2: Layer 3:
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Before I left, I warmed up with a cup of black tea:  

 

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…and fueled up with half a bagel with almond butter and raspberry jam.

 

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I picked up Caitlin and we headed to a more scenic area to get our run in. It’s getting pretty boring running around our apartments.

 

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Once we got started on our run, things were going great! We were trying to take minimal walking breaks and maintain around a 10:30 min/mile pace.

 

I fueled up with a pack of Black Cherry Shot Bloks:

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…and once my stomach started growling (since my breakfast was small) I broke off chunks of CLIF bar. It didn’t bother my stomach at all because I’m used to eating the entire thing before a long run.

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The first 10 miles seemed to be dragging, mostly from anticipating how much farther we had to go.

My Garmin battery died around mile 15 and  by that point I was just ready for it to be OVER.

I challenged Caitlin to see if we could finish the last 5 miles under a 10:00 min/mile pace, making our total time under 3.5 hours. She accepted, and it was game on from there.

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(Stolen from Caitlin… )

  • Distance: 20.0 miles
  • Duration: 3:27:58
  • Mile 1:10:54
  • Mile 2: 10:39
  • Mile 3: 10:43
  • Mile 4: 10:47
  • Mile 5: 10:23
  • Mile 6: 10:21
  • Mile 7: 10:22
  • Mile 8: 10:35
  • Mile 9: 10:47
  • Mile 10: 10:47
  • Mile 11: 10:43
  • Mile 12: 10:38
  • Mile 13: 10:35
  • Mile 14: 11:26 (walking break)
  • Mile 15: 10:32
  • Mile 16: 9:57
  • Mile 17: 9:29
  • Mile 18: 9:33
  • Mile 19: 9:16
  • Mile 20: 8:44 (BOOOYAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!)

 

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I was so incredibly proud of us!

I remember thinking this summer that running 20.0 miles a week was a lot. Here I am now running 20 miles in one morning! Such an improvement!

 

With my toe surgery stuff, I thought that I was going to be out of running, and the marathon goal was shot. I was so wrong! It was a minor setback, and if anything made me more determined to run strong.

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Most entertainment of my weekend: Caitlin the Ninja…

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I’m not going to lie… we were soooo happy to be done. I have never been so happy to see my car.

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As soon as we were done with our run, we headed to Panera Bread to fill our bottomless pit stomachs.

 

I had a gingerbread bagel with hazelnut cream cheese. 😀

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Caitlin finished an entire egg soufle + 3/4 of bagel in the time I finished half a bagel. She is a speedy eater! LOL.

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Once we got back to Caitlin’s… we were already hungry again. Can you believe it?

 

Caitlin made us some delicious mac n’ cheese. We joked on our run that we didn’t want the healthy version, we were going for velveeta. You only live once!

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We iced our knees and watched ELF (the Christmas movie). It was the best way to spend the day after our long run.

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Later, we took Wheatgrass Shots…

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…made a snack platter

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  • Triscuits
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Trail Mix
  • Apple slices

 

…and had a few slices of the chocolate orange:

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I’m now home and extremely sore! I need to do some stretching and ice my knees again.

 

Today is the very first time since I started marathon training that I can actually say that I think a marathon is attainable. I seriously NEVER believed that I could do it. I’m really excited, and I know I could do a full marathon!

❤ MegaNerd

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43 Responses

  1. Now I want Velveeta! Looks so good, I miss that stuff. Congrats on 20 miles!!! Amazing!

  2. I love this. You actually took pictures of your outfit choices, rad! The down time after a long run is awesome. Food, sleep, movies, more food. The best! Good job on completing 20!!!!

  3. AWESOME! You r gonna own that marathon! Love ya! Ps: this comment came from my blackberry. Appreciate 😉

  4. looks like you had a great fun day with caitlin 🙂

  5. Great job! I know how important it is to have a good running partner. I love reading about y’all’s runs! 🙂 Keep up your positive energy; it’s inspiring.

  6. great job on your 20 mile run! i was just laughing to myself because i notice your blogroll now says “how i procrastinate.” so true! even though i don’t have a blog, i follow a handful of them regularly (yours included!) and i definitely find mysellf reading blogs when i have work that i should be doing. like right now…haha 🙂

  7. ah what a great recap!!!!!! seriously my fav. one so far. you both rock! I am amazed at your negative split!!!!!!!!!
    I love all the food too haha.

  8. Congrats on 20 miles…you are so close! You can do it!!

  9. Congrats on the 20 miles!!!

  10. You are amazing!! And I had my black cherry shot blocks today too 🙂

  11. That is so incredible — running that far is just a dream for now, but it’s amazing what you can do with the right mindset. 🙂

  12. Megan I think a marathon is more than attainable for you. You are going to do it and kick ass at the same time. Congrats on the 20 miler!

  13. Thats an awesome run! Its amazing to me to see people run that far. Slowly and surely I’m getting there too though. I had a personal distance record today of 9 miles. Your snacks look yummy! I’m a sucker for a good trail mix, so that snack platter is right up my alley. Congrats on the great run!

  14. Awesome splits….congrats!!

  15. Coming from not being able to run a couple of weeks ago to running a 20 miler..is awesome. Keep up the amazing work 🙂

  16. I don’t even know you guys and I am crazy proud of you!!! I can’t wait to hear about the marathon! I just got done posting on my site tonight about running 3 miles in a row….I’m going to get to 20 if it kills me!

  17. BAHH you two are crazy AMAZING!

    I am SO SO proud of you and hope chase down my dreams one day like you two! You are successful, beautiful, and determined!
    You honestly both are such idols for me in terms of balance and health. As a female college student, I sometimes have trouble balancing school..friends..and well, booze. You both have taught me moderation so well among other things!

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

  18. 20 miles is a great accomplishment! I’m proud of you and I don’t even know you. Lol!

  19. You rock! Congrats on running 20 miles!

  20. Woooo!! Great job 🙂 Nice turkey trot shirt 😉

  21. Definitely had some mac and cheese tonight too!

    Congrats on the 20 miles — that’s awesome!

  22. YAY! Way to go! You are such an awesome and amazing runner!

  23. wow!!! that is SUCH an accomplishment! you are getting sooo close!

  24. Congratulations!!! That’s such an AWESOME accomplishment and you two TOTALLY deserved a day of R&R&mac&cheese!

  25. WOW GREAT JOB!!
    made me happy when i saw the Velveeta..the real deal!

  26. Yayuhhh!!! Congrats lady! 🙂 How’s the gingerbread bagel?? I wanted to try one last year, so now I definitely better try one this year!

  27. Amazing job on the run! You guys make it look so easy 🙂 I was very proud of my 4 mile Turkey trot – I’m searching for a 10K and I think I’m going to try for a 1/2 marathon in the spring. Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

  28. 20 miles is no joke–you rock! That marathon has nothing on you two 🙂

  29. Congrats on your 20, girl!! That is a HUGE accomplishment! 🙂

  30. Congrats on that run – way to GIT ER DONE!

  31. Ahhh!! Nice work on the 20, especially on the pickup at the end. That’s tough!!! I ran 20 yesterday, but definitley got slower for my last few miles…i thought it would never end! 😉

  32. wow!! congrats on that run! you totally rocked it!!

  33. Woo hoo!! Great job, girlie! You guys both rock.

  34. You girls are so inspirational! 20 miles is amazing!

    Elf is one of my favorite holiday movies… gotta watch it soon :).

  35. What an awesome run! I’m so excited for you girls running the marathon, right around the corner. Can’t wait to hear all about it 🙂

    Good for you for not letting that toe surgery set you back.

  36. What a wonderful effort – CONGRATULATIONS! I am super impressed 🙂

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