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Middle of the Week Long Run…Really Long Run

Posted Feb 02 2011 3:12pm

Today I did something I swore I would never do.

I ran 20 miles on the treadmill.

You see, I had 20 miles on the schedule for this weekend (either Saturday or Sunday) but Saturday is my birthday. I would love to run 20 miles on my birthday if it was going to be a beautiful day…You know, sun shining, 50 degrees, etc. but apparently another storm is headed our way just in time for my birthday. I definitely did NOT want to be stuck running 20 miles on the treadmill on my birthday, so I took matters into my own hands.

Last night, I got the call that the school I work at was having a delayed opening this morning. Around 5:45 am they called again. No school.

I knew what I had to do.

I went back to sleep until about 8, ate breakfast, walked Cooper in the ice storm, and then headed down to the gym in my development’s club house.

I was sure to pack plenty of fuel.

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I didn’t have any GU or energy gels because I keep them all at my parents house, where I usually do my long runs from, so I had to get creative, but this system seemed to work pretty well!

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I reset the treadmill after every 5 miles because it shuts off after an hour and I was afraid that if I saw how far or long I had been running I would completely psych myself out.

The run looked like this:

~5 @ 7.0 (8:34) 43:00 min
~5 @ 7.0 (8:34) 43:00 min
~5 @ 6.7 (8:57) 45:00 min
~5 @ 6.7 (8:57) 45:00 min

=20 miles total, 8:45ish pace, 2 hours, 56 minutes

*1 bathroom break, 2 nutri-grain bars, 2 bottle (24 ounce) Accelerade, 2 bottles of water, approximately 10 dark chocolate covered espresso beans.

I haven’t trained much with the Accelerade. I actually received it for winning a race a few months ago and I like it because it isn’t too sweet and it is 4:1 carbs:protein. I like that it includes protein because your muscles can break down when you run that many miles. Mine is a berry flavor and its pretty good!

Now I am off to relax and catch up on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Reunion episode that I missed last night because I fell asleep early (even though I new I was able to sleep in!)

*What is the strangest/most creative thing you have ever eaten on a long run?
One time I ate an entire peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It was delicious.

*Do you watch Real Housewives? What is your favorite city?

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