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18 Miles-a day late, but not a mile short

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:06pm

I had planned to do my long run on Sunday, but I kind of forgot that going out the night before a long run is generally not advisable.  So while I had a great time hanging out with Liz on Saturday night, I was in no shape at all to run on Sunday morning—or the rest of the day for that matter.  I managed to make it to the gym for 30 minutes on elliptical and some ab work, but I spent the rest of the day out of commission.  Sub-two Coronas and a vodka soda and I am wrecked, sad, but true.

  liz and I and the LES 003

So like a good girl, I stayed in on Sunday—and rather pathetically watched a few episodes of season 1 of the OC while doing some NYTimes crossword puzzles, then I read some more of an embarrassingly bad Jane Greene novel that I bought in the Tambo airport on the way home from South Africa and never read.

The delay was actually beneficial in few ways, it gave me an extra day to get over my annoying cold, the weather today was perfect for running–cool and breezy today, and I no longer felt hung over as all hell.

So I left the house a little after 8 and headed toward the 59th Street Bridge. I have to say, despite the huge hill that is the first half of the bridge, I was feeling pretty groovy.  Not the usual first few miles of tightness.  I was going at a fairly slow pace, but in the first three and a half miles of my run, I had already tackled several hills, so I was happy to actually be enjoying myself despite the 15 miles still ahead of me.  I ended up doing different loops of the park:

1.) The lower 5 mile loop—Central Park South cutting Across at 102nd St

2.) The upper 5 mile loop-72nd St running up to the 110th Street transverse

3.) The middle 4 mile loop-72nd up to 102nd and around

parkmap

Just as I finished the last loop, my Garmin beeped mile 18.  I felt pretty euphoric.  Like a smart little runner, I walked around for a bit and took my time doing some stretching. I did all the usuals. I continued to walk around the Upper East Side blocks to cool down for about 15 minutes before I realized that I looked like a complete tool walking around Park and Lexington wearing not only my very sexy fuel belt, but my wrist band credit card holder, my ipod arm band, and my watch, foot pod and heart rate monitor.  I felt silly enough running with the whole kit and caboodle, but walking around in it? There is just no excuse for that. 

Truth be told I was really on the look out for  a Starbucks, I had a gift card and I was craving an iced coffee like nobodies business, but unbelievably, I didn’t find one in my 6 or 7 block radius, so I aborted the mission and hopped on the 6 train down town.  The weather in the park was so ideal (68ish and breezy) that I hadn’t even broken a sweat, which I am sure the fellow train passengers greatly appreciated.  When I hopped on the 7, I was pretty jealous of everyone heading to the US Open. 

So some quick highlights about different aspects of my run. (I stole this idea from Katherine btw.)

Distance and time:

18.09 miles in 3 hours and 15 minutes.  I have only run farther than this twice.  One twenty mile training run for my last marathon and the actual marathon. It is the longest I have ever run all by myself.

Terrain:

Very hilly.  While my time was just under 11 minute miles, I was okay with that because I was not only training for distance but improving my endurance for hilly terrain—aka a marathon with several bridges. 

Hills covered included the 59th street bridge, the climb from 1st to 2nd ave, the climb from 59th street to east drive, cat hill (3 times), the great hill (once) and the numerous gently rolling inclines of Central Park.

Fuel:

1 mocha clif hammer gel -this was not as unpleasant as anticipated.  While I certainly wouldn’t grab one for an afternoon snack at work, it did it’s job fueling the last 8 miles of my run without freaking out my stomach too much. 

6-6 ounce water bottles from my fuel belt, two refilled.

Post-run-1/2 kashi golean tlc crunchy caramel chocolate bar.

  I didn’t eat breakfast because I woke up at 2 in the morning  for about 2 hours, and during that time I had a bowl of ice cream.  While this is not something I endorse or do often, it did keep my blood sugar  high enough to fuel the first 10 miles of my run.  It also allowed me to get away with not eating right before my run, which never agrees with my tummy.

Feeling, aches and pains:

I have to say, the run was fairly effortless.  I never really got the leg soreness, I have during the last couple miles of some of my previous long runs.  I even considered continuing my run since I was feeling so strong.  I had a few fleeting moments of fatigue, but nothing too bad.  I could have pushed myself a little harder speed-wise I guess.  Toward the end of the run, my left foot started to feel like my sneaker laces were way too tight. It was very strange there was a strange pain under my my big toe and a lot of pressure on the top of my foot.  My GT2140s have always fit a little more tightly than my GT2130s, but I have never felt that uncomfortable before.   That is why body-wise I felt fine at mile 18, but the pain running across the top of my foot was intense enough that I figured it was a good time to stop—I had reached my distance goal after all.  I am going to war my GT2130s on my next long run to see if it is the shoes or it is my foot. I iced it this afternoon and it is feeling much better.

Music:

I actually listened to Kara Goucher’s Endurance Boost and Serena Williams Running Workout twice each!  I know it sounds weird, but I like having someone encouraging me along the way—and Serena’s songs have all these great-runspiration lyrics. 

I have mentioned them both many times, but if you want to check out the great running tracks:

Get Fit with Serena Williams Playlist —you can listen to them in full and download the workout

Kara Goucher Endurance Boost -available for purchase on itunes

After all that coached running music, I listened to some random tunes from an old workout playlist.

  • Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That-Robert Randolph
  • Keeps Getting Better-Xtina Aguilera
  • 40’ Franz Ferdinand—new fav artist
  • Top of the World-Pussy Cat Dolls
  • Buttons-Pussy Cat Dolls
  • Rich Girls-The Virgins
  • Untouched-The Veronicas
  • Popular-The Veronicas
  • Sorry Sorry-Rooney
  • Let it Rock-Kevin Rudolph
  • Just Fine-Eve
  • If U Seek Amy-Britney
  • Sun Ain’t Shining No More-Asteriod Galaxy Tour
  • Around the Bend-Asteriod Galaxy Tour
  • Stronger-Kanye West

I am glad my first super long run is over.  Next week, I try and tackle the big

2-0!

I had planned to do my long run on Sunday, but I kind of forgot that going out the night before a long run is generally not advisable.  So while I had a great time hanging out with Liz on Saturday night, I was in no shape at all to run on Sunday morning—or the rest of the day for that matter.  I managed to make it to the gym for 30 minutes on elliptical and some ab work, but I spent the rest of the day out of commission.  Sub-two Coronas and a vodka soda and I am wrecked, sad, but true.

  liz and I and the LES 003

So like a good girl, I stayed in on Sunday—and rather pathetically watched a few episodes of season 1 of the OC while doing some NYTimes crossword puzzles, then I read some more of an embarrassingly bad Jane Greene novel that I bought in the Tambo airport on the way home from South Africa and never read.

The delay was actually beneficial in few ways, it gave me an extra day to get over my annoying cold, the weather today was perfect for running–cool and breezy today, and I no longer felt hung over as all hell.

So I left the house a little after 8 and headed toward the 59th Street Bridge. I have to say, despite the huge hill that is the first half of the bridge, I was feeling pretty groovy.  Not the usual first few miles of tightness.  I was going at a fairly slow pace, but in the first three and a half miles of my run, I had already tackled several hills, so I was happy to actually be enjoying myself despite the 15 miles still ahead of me.  I ended up doing different loops of the park:

1.) The lower 5 mile loop—Central Park South cutting Across at 102nd St

2.) The upper 5 mile loop-72nd St running up to the 110th Street transverse

3.) The middle 4 mile loop-72nd up to 102nd and around

parkmap

Just as I finished the last loop, my Garmin beeped mile 18.  I felt pretty euphoric.  Like a smart little runner, I walked around for a bit and took my time doing some stretching. I did all the usuals. I continued to walk around the Upper East Side blocks to cool down for about 15 minutes before I realized that I looked like a complete tool walking around Park and Lexington wearing not only my very sexy fuel belt, but my wrist band credit card holder, my ipod arm band, and my watch, foot pod and heart rate monitor.  I felt silly enough running with the whole kit and caboodle, but walking around in it? There is just no excuse for that. 

Truth be told I was really on the look out for  a Starbucks, I had a gift card and I was craving an iced coffee like nobodies business, but unbelievably, I didn’t find one in my 6 or 7 block radius, so I aborted the mission and hopped on the 6 train down town.  The weather in the park was so ideal (68ish and breezy) that I hadn’t even broken a sweat, which I am sure the fellow train passengers greatly appreciated.  When I hopped on the 7, I was pretty jealous of everyone heading to the US Open. 

So some quick highlights about different aspects of my run. (I stole this idea from Katherine btw.)

Distance and time:

18.09 miles in 3 hours and 15 minutes.  I have only run farther than this twice.  One twenty mile training run for my last marathon and the actual marathon. It is the longest I have ever run all by myself.

Terrain:

Very hilly.  While my time was just under 11 minute miles, I was okay with that because I was not only training for distance but improving my endurance for hilly terrain—aka a marathon with several bridges. 

Hills covered included the 59th street bridge, the climb from 1st to 2nd ave, the climb from 59th street to east drive, cat hill (3 times), the great hill (once) and the numerous gently rolling inclines of Central Park.

Fuel:

1 mocha clif hammer gel -this was not as unpleasant as anticipated.  While I certainly wouldn’t grab one for an afternoon snack at work, it did it’s job fueling the last 8 miles of my run without freaking out my stomach too much. 

6-6 ounce water bottles from my fuel belt, two refilled.

Post-run-1/2 kashi golean tlc crunchy caramel chocolate bar.

  I didn’t eat breakfast because I woke up at 2 in the morning  for about 2 hours, and during that time I had a bowl of ice cream.  While this is not something I endorse or do often, it did keep my blood sugar  high enough to fuel the first 10 miles of my run.  It also allowed me to get away with not eating right before my run, which never agrees with my tummy.

Feeling, aches and pains:

I have to say, the run was fairly effortless.  I never really got the leg soreness, I have during the last couple miles of some of my previous long runs.  I even considered continuing my run since I was feeling so strong.  I had a few fleeting moments of fatigue, but nothing too bad.  I could have pushed myself a little harder speed-wise I guess.  Toward the end of the run, my left foot started to feel like my sneaker laces were way too tight. It was very strange there was a strange pain under my my big toe and a lot of pressure on the top of my foot.  My GT2140s have always fit a little more tightly than my GT2130s, but I have never felt that uncomfortable before.   That is why body-wise I felt fine at mile 18, but the pain running across the top of my foot was intense enough that I figured it was a good time to stop—I had reached my distance goal after all.  I am going to war my GT2130s on my next long run to see if it is the shoes or it is my foot. I iced it this afternoon and it is feeling much better.

Music:

I actually listened to Kara Goucher’s Endurance Boost and Serena Williams Running Workout twice each!  I know it sounds weird, but I like having someone encouraging me along the way—and Serena’s songs have all these great-runspiration lyrics. 

I have mentioned them both many times, but if you want to check out the great running tracks:

Get Fit with Serena Williams Playlist —you can listen to them in full and download the workout

Kara Goucher Endurance Boost -available for purchase on itunes

After all that coached running music, I listened to some random tunes from an old workout playlist.

  • Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That-Robert Randolph
  • Keeps Getting Better-Xtina Aguilera
  • 40’ Franz Ferdinand—new fav artist
  • Top of the World-Pussy Cat Dolls
  • Buttons-Pussy Cat Dolls
  • Rich Girls-The Virgins
  • Untouched-The Veronicas
  • Popular-The Veronicas
  • Sorry Sorry-Rooney
  • Let it Rock-Kevin Rudolph
  • Just Fine-Eve
  • If U Seek Amy-Britney
  • Sun Ain’t Shining No More-Asteriod Galaxy Tour
  • Around the Bend-Asteriod Galaxy Tour
  • Stronger-Kanye West

I am glad my first super long run is over.  Next week, I try and tackle the big

2-0!

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