Today was my last long run before the marathon, and my last opportunity to simulate anything about race day that I thought was necessary.
I made sure to wear the shorts I plan on wearing for the marathon.
And the shoes and socks that I will most likely wear.
For my first marathon, I was kind of risky and wore a pair of socks and underwear that I had never worn on a long run, and I had also bought a new sports bra that I had never worn at all! Thankfully none of them gave me any problems, but I wanted to play it safe this time around, so I made sure to wear everything I plan to wear in two weeks.
I have to admit that I do not have a standard pre-long run breakfast. Most people eat the same thing each time they do a long run or run a race, but I actually vary my breakfast foods depending upon what I am craving. There are certain elements to my breakfast that always remain the same: 2 servings of carbs, a nut butter of some sort, and a banana.
This morning I had half of a bagel with butter on it, graham crackers, and a banana with peanut butter.
After allowing my food to digest for about 2 hours, I was ready to go. I was definitely more nervous than usual for my run today because of last week’s sub-par long run.
Distance: 22 miles
Weather: 54* partly sunny at times, partly cloudy towards the end
Thankfully, today’s long run went fairly well overall.
I did start feeling some fatigue setting in my legs after a measly hour. But I plowed through and reminded myself that I have been running a lot this week (and last week), which is why I think I felt fatigued pretty early on in my run.
With my mileage today, I have officially hit 60 miles this week, which is my highest weekly mileage ever!
Stats from my run:
0 – number of stops
1 – moose spotted
2 – GUs consumed
3 – hours spent running
180 – number of minutes I had to pee (I refused to stop, so I held it for 3 hours. Pretty sure I am the queen of holding it!)
As soon as I got home, I knew I need to eat something even though I wasn’t hungry.
About two hours later, I had a scrambled egg + a toasted slice of homemade Whole Wheat Flax Bread
This afternoon Craig and I celebrated our 3rd wedding anniversary. Our anniversary isn’t until Tuesday, but we decided to celebrate today! Stay tuned for a recap!