Monday, April 2, 2012

16 miles, what???

I took the weekend completely OFF of physical activity. I wanted to rest up and feel great for our 16-mile run today. I've been nervous about it, because I seemed to have lost my running mojo after the half-marathon last weekend.

Last night, I ended up carb-loading with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Not at all how I'd planned it! I spent all day making chicken soup from scratch, and just before dinner, when I was going to add the pasta to it, I decided to change things up and make some whole wheat dumplings instead of adding the pasta. When I make dumplings for soup normally, I use an egg, white flour, and salt. I wasn't sure if the whole wheat flour would work well, so I googled a recipe. I thought it was odd that there wasn't an egg in it to hold it together, but I made the dumplings and dropped them into the soup, which was at a low simmer.

Ten minutes later, I checked on the soup and the dumplings were gone--totally dissolved--and I had a murky-looking, thick, chicken and flour soup. I was bummed. Nobody wanted to eat it, so down the garbage disposal it went. And we had PB&J's for dinner--which were actually really good.

I didn't sleep very well last night, because I was nervous about the 16-mile run. I woke up at 3:30, and couldn't go back to sleep. When I got out of bed, I had baked oatmeal for breakfast and dressed in my most comfortable running clothes. Jessica apparently got that memo about what to wear, because we showed up wearing the EXACT SAME OUTFIT:
That's what happens when you train for a marathon together.

I planned our route so that we would park and do two out-and-back routes--the first one being 5 miles out and 5 back, so we arrived back at the car at 10 miles; then the second route was just 3 miles out and 3 back--total of 16 miles.

Jessica was smart enough to bring a long-sleeved top which she put on over her other one. I froze for the first 3 miles or so. It was really cold and windy. At mile 6, I ate my peanut butter Gu. I had the lemon-lime Powerade in my water bottle (that's what they're going to have on the marathon course, so I wanted to try it out on a long run).

We got back to the car at mile 10, and I topped off my water bottle (I'd only drunk about half of it). Then we headed out for the last 6 miles. Once we hit mile 12, my legs were starting to ache. I could feel it from my hips to my knees. Not pain, but definitely achy. I ate my chocolate Gu at that point.

At mile 13, I started bitching and moaning. My legs just wanted to STOP RUNNING. Jessica was feeling okay, so she let me complain. At around mile 14, I got a second wind and it was Jessica's turn to complain. When we got back to the car, and the Garmin beeped mile 16, we stopped running. And we both started groaning. We walked stiffly over to the grass and started stretching, groaning with each stretch.

We were SO achy. This was the most sore I've ever been after a run! There were some guys in the parking lot getting into a truck and leaving, and they asked how far we ran. We both got really excited that they asked, because nobody ever asks when we are running long. We both said, "16 miles!" and told them we were training for the Cleveland marathon. It totally made our day that they asked ;)

We took some pictures:
16 miles!

This was where we tried to look like we were running, hahaha

THREE effing hours of non-stop running
And our splits...
After our run, we went to La Pita for lunch. I don't even have to show you what I ate, because it's always the same! This time, however, we didn't order extra garlic sauce and we didn't eat the pita bread until our lunch came out. I immediately divided my lunch in half, and only ate half of it and two pita breads. I didn't want to get too full, and I'm really trying to watch my calories. Today I'm aiming for about 2,500. If I go over, I won't worry about it, but I at least want to be aware of how much I'm eating.

All-in-all, today's 16-miler was a success! Neither one of us had tummy troubles (which is a miracle, because Jessica always has stomach problems on long runs, but she tried new fueling stuff today). We both are sore, but we feel good. I'm looking forward to a rest day tomorrow!

32 comments:

  1. Way to go Katie! I wish I could run at that pace for 1 mile! But I can always get faster, right? : ) Congrats!

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    1. I agree! I've been running or "jogging" I guess for a while now.. and I still can't get a mile in under 12 minutes. Let alone do that over and over for 16 miles.

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  2. Wow, go, Katie! That is awesome! Very impressive. :) Rest up tomorrow!

    I bought some peanut butter Gu today. Looking forward to trying it on a long run soon!

    Amanda

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  3. 16 miles, 3 hours of running. It's exhausting thinking about it, let alone doing it! I'm so glad I have another 6 months before my half because with my screwed up schedule I don't think I'm running enough. What did Jessica refuel with?

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  4. Can't wait to start doing long runs! I'm still working my way up. 16 miles is so impressive, but I'm injured right now and dreaming of hitting a mile again. :/

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  5. Way to go! I'm tired just reading this! hahahaha

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  6. Great job! Are you showing "jazz hands" in that first picture?

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    1. LOL, that's what it will look like when we hit 20 miles. No, we were just showing the number of miles with our hands :)

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  7. Wow!!!!! Great job!!! Woohoo!!

    Maybe you guys should run like Phoebe Buffay for your final mile LOL

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    1. Hahaha ... I totally agree! I love that episode! :)

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  8. AWESOME!!!!! 16 miles seems so out of reach for me but you give me hope. Thanks so much for that!

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  9. Fantastic Katie! Congrats on sweet 16!

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  10. Way to go!! I can't imagine running that far, much less living to blog the tale! Right now I am just happy to be able to job my measly half mile and walk the other half! Keep up the awesome work!

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  11. You are AMAZING! 16 miles, how crazy! Love that you guys ended up in matching outfits and your silly running pose :) Congrats on a successful 16 miles!

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  12. Way to go Katie!! I just can't imagine running for 3 hours!!

    PS Like your new blog list.

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  13. That is Freakin' AWESOME!!! Great job!!! That's too funny that you guys ended up wearing the exact same thing. : )

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  14. Sounds like a good run! It's such a great feeling to hit a new distance! I'm definitely struggling still, trying to get out of vacation mode and back into running mode. It doesn't help when we've had bad weather and I'm starting a new job this week!

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  15. Woot Woot! You ladies are so inspiring. BTW-the revolution didn't have any weight loss stories today. I was so bummed! Anyway we'll have to keep watching, I do really enjoy it.

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  16. Way to go! That is wonderful! :)
    http://icangofar.blogspot.com/

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  17. Sometimes Michigan weather sucks ...Yesterday when I went for my run I walked all the way to my starting spot (only about 1/4 a mile) and then decided it was too cold so I turned around and got a long sleeve to wear under my shirt. Best decision ever! I was still cold wearing that! I ran 5 yesterday ...first time ever and it wasn't even that bad. I just hope I can keep increasing. My goal is a half ... I don't think I could do a full. But I LOVE reading about your adventures! Congrats! :)

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  18. Awesome, I can't imagine running for three hours straight. I am training for a marathon too, so I guess I will eventually get there. My longest run so far has been 10 miles.
    You should ice bath after your run, it works.

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  19. Wow, Congratulations! That is a great accomplishment.

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  20. How awesome!!! Good for you Katie!! What an awesome way to start off the week!!!

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  21. I LOVE your "running" pic!! So fun :) Well done today!!!

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  22. So, funny coincidence that you ended up eating PB & J because yesterday was Peanut Butter and Jelly Day! Lol, I am NOT joking either! Found that out one someone's blog :) Great job on your run Katie!!

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  23. I love the pics! You guys are so cute! I also get really excited when a neighbor asks how far I have run. They are amazed I can do 3 miles, so one day when my next door neighbor saw me come home and he asked how far I went and I said, "FIVE!" he seemed really impressed. :)

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    1. I need to run by your house then! No one asks me :( maybe ill just start randomly telling people! Haha

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  24. The fake running picture cracked me up--and the one where together you're holding up 16 fingers--that's a LONG WAYS to run. I bet it was FUN to brag about it to those guys though. Three hours is a long effing time to run--but YOU DID IT!!!

    Sorry abut the soup--sucks to work so hard on something and have to throw it out--but I've done it too.

    I am loving that Biscoff spread, and I have you to blame for that. Just a lick here and there, although I did have a tablespoon of it on a piece of raisin bread toast for breakfast Sunday morning. OMG, it was so delicious. It really should be illegal cause it's kinda like illicit drugs, although I'm thinking it's actually better than drugs, not that I would know.

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  25. All of those pictures made me crack up so hard! You guys are too cute together! I can't believe you wore the same outfit HAHA! What kind of running capris are those? I'm in the market :) <---so awesome to say!

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  26. Oh my GOSH you are so amazingly consistent mile over mile. I admire your pushing thru the last 6 miles after stopping at the car. I would have climbed in and sped off.

    In the cute run simulation pic you look like you are pounding in the sign.

    Freaking amazing to run 16 miles.

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