Today, I ran (mostly) 20 miles. It was hard... but I finished... we finished.
I got started a little later than I had planned because I was waiting for the sun to rise. It was cool, but not enough to test the trash bag... I think I will save that until race day.
My plan was to run the Millennium Trail once and then meet Bob on the trail for the next 10 miles. I walked about 1/2 mile and then jogged lightly before hitting the start line. I was trying not to run fast... but inevitably, I did. I felt good and strong so I just "ran" with it... here are my splits:
Mile 1: 9:04
Mile 2: 9:29
Mile 3: 9:44
Mile 4: 9:25
Mile 5: 9:43
Mile 6: 9:51
Mile 7: 10:29
At mile 7, my right IT band started to feel a little tight. I have NEVER had any troubles with my right IT band before.
Mile 8: 9:59
Mile 9: 9:55
Mile 10: 10:43
By mile 10.5, I could see Bob on the trail in front of me. He started to jog slowly until I caught up to him. I did not even have to stop. I was relieved to see him and I explained the pain I was having. He guided me into the correct running posture to make sure my hips were moving. When I ran with the hips, the pain subsided.
Mile 11: 9:49
Mile 12: 10:33
Mile 13: 11:02
Mile 14: 11:03
Mile 15: 12:20
By mile 15, my IT band was really hurting and a LARGE hill loomed in front of my. On my first go around, I ran the mile that included the hill in 9:43... and this time, I opted to walk up it. Bob obliged me. I did power walk it and concentrated on moving my hips.
Trying to start running after the hill really hurt!!! My legs felt tight and my left knee - the outside part.. you know where the IT band runs down... really HURT!
Mile 16: 12:53
Mile 17: 13:41
By 17, I wanted to give up. If Bob wasn't there, I probably would have. I wanted to cry... I was in so much pain. We walked more and more.
Mile 18: 13:24
Mile 19: 13:46
I needed to keep running... any more stopping and I would have just died. Obviously, we were running slow by the time.
At mile: 19.2, we had a HUGE hill and so we opted to walk up it... and then run out the .6... which seemed to take forever.
Mile 20: 12:26
The problem is that we hit mile 20... about 2 miles from the house. We walked a little way and rested. Bob congratulated me but really... it was hard to accept the fact that I had just ran (mostly) 20 miles.
We started to walk home and at 3/4 of a mile, Bob called his wife to come pick us up. What a doll!!!! As we waited for her, I sat in the wet grass... and stretched and decided to look at my splits. NO WONDER I was in so much pain... I started out WAY TO FAST.
I am glad that I experienced this... because I hope I remember how I felt when I finished today. I want it to remind me to run slower at the start.
I am thrilled it is over... I am excited to taper... but I am not going to lie. By mile 17, I was seriously wondering how I would ever make it to 26.2. I am still not sure how I will... but I am going to take the lessons learned from today's run... and make my plan.
On the outfit side: It worked perfect.... no issues, no chaffing!!! Yay!
For now... I am going to go roll my legs and continue to have the kids use "the stick" on my IT band so I can walk tomorrow.
How did your long/race go?