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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.



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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