And I didn't chafe anywhere, no thigh rub, everything was very comfy! I think this is a go for race day.
So how did my first and only 20 mile run go on saturday?
Heading out the door at 5:30am
And using my doctor friend's taping suggestions for extensor tendonitis, I taped my foot like so...
To see if it would hold up for 20 freaking miles.
I headed outside and turned on a Jillian Michael's podcast, turned on the garmin, and slowly tested out the waters.
miles 1-5: 11:12, 10:28, 10:24, 10:39, 9:56
Podcast is finished and switch to music, foot is feeling pretty good and I'm settling into a comfortable pace. Like, my heart rate is the lowest it's been my entire life of running! I'm not racing today, I just want my feet to hang in there and finish the beast of a task before me.
Miles 6-10: 9:58, 10:00, 10:03, 9:56, 10:02
stop at the house for a bathroom break, drop off my head lamp and grab sunglasses and refill my water bottles.
Miles 11-14: 10:06, 10:10, 10:13, 10:27
Here is where several things happened. First, I met my buddy which led to my first walk break...
This huge poodle was all up on me sniffing my butt, licking my hands, etc. When I stopped to walk for a few minutes so he would stop following me, I noticed that my foot hurt when I walked but not when I ran. Also, at mile 14, some pain started seeping into my quads. with 6 miles to go, I was not thrilled.
Mile 15 - 10:31
Mile 16 - 10:43
By now the quad pain is in full force and my left foot is starting to ache a little. 4 miles to go and I'm SO tempted to walk knowing that my right foot will hurt if I walk and I won't want to start running again.
I needed a plan. I would stop thinking about my legs. Everything below the waist doesn't exist. My quads were not mine. My feet were not mine. I don't even run with my legs. I run with my ARMS! My arms didn't hurt at all and I made the choice to pump my arms and use that for momentum and just let everything else follow.
Mile 17 - 10:34
Mile 18 - 10:22
It was working!! My arms were saving me!
Mile 19 - 9:55
With 1/2 mile left I passed the elementary school where my 2 older kids attend and there was a group of folks lining up for a local 5K. I wished them well but was SO glad that I would not be racing in it! haha!
Mile 20 - 9:41
Average pace of 10:15
Average heart rate of 168 (it's usually 176-178)
Calories burned - 1959
Elevation gain - 54 ft. (told you it was flat!)
If I can hold that pace for another 6 miles, I would finish in 4:28. That would beat my original goal of wanting to be under 4:30! And 2 weeks ago I couldn't walk on my left foot at all, thinking that I would not be able to participate in the race. woohoo!!!!!
done and done.
taper is on.