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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Three 20-milers down, one to go

Today I went 21.5 miles in 3:02:31, a pace of 8:28 min/mile. I was 'only' supposed to go 21 miles but I missed a turn and before I knew it, I'd gone longer than I should have.

Still, I finished up strong, completing the last 6.5 miles right around my marathon goal pace, 8:00/mile. I felt so good that I completed the last 1.5 miles at 7:27 pace, just a tick faster than my half marathon pace from last week.

The run caps a 55-mile week, my second 50-plus mile week during this marathon training. I've got two more weeks of hard training to go before tapering, so I can begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel (still not sure if its a train or not).

I'm using these final 20-milers to see what kind of fuel I can handle the day before and during the run. Like the last two 20-milers, I only needed one GU to get me through the run. But the day before this mornings run, I tried something different. I had my last meal 12 hours before the run (a baked potato stuffed with chopped bbq - no butter, no cheese, no sour cream). I ate so light because I usually feel sluggish during long runs when I eat heavy the night before, or too late.

When I eat too much, it takes me too long to get warmed up and my "system" just seems off for most of the first part of the run. But this morning, I felt pretty good. I was a little worried that I might "bonk" but I only needed the one GU. Even though it was in the 40s at the beginning of the run, I did wind up taking a few E-caps (three total) and thank God I had them. At mile 16 I was starting to tighten up, but I downed two with some water and was able to get the run over with in decent shape.

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Blogger butcept said...

Good job! Hopefully, this run will keep your mental state strong for the next two weeks of your hard workouts!

November 8, 2008 at 3:18 PM  
OpenID DatabaseDiva said...

Glad to hear that you had a good run today. You sound much more upbeat than in your post from Thursday (been lurking). Marathon training is such a roller coaster, but a good run does a lot to keep you motivated. Here's to more good runs!

November 8, 2008 at 8:40 PM  
Blogger Just_because_today said...

you are going to have an amazing marathon

November 8, 2008 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Linden said...

I love hearing about you figuring out your diet! Sounds like you're going to have a great marathon!

November 9, 2008 at 1:33 PM  
Blogger rodney said...

Hey Kevin. Quick question. I'm getting into some 10/+ mile runs. I'm not accustomed to carrying water, since I've never ran this type of distance. Do you carry water in a fanny-pack(bottle) or a camel pack? Maybe some other method?

November 10, 2008 at 9:04 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Rodney, usually, my long runs are with the Lukes Locker group and they have water stops every two miles on Saturdays - (and on my Wednesday 9-mile runs, I just drink at the fountains). But, the last few years, I'd buy a thing that went around my waist that would hold four small water bottles because I hate holding a bottle in my hand.

November 10, 2008 at 9:32 PM  

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