Sixty miles.

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Sixty miles.

Let me preface this by saying that I still have a lot of work to do, but… I finally worked my way up to my first 20 miler yesterday. It took me 2:45:17 on the treadmill, which is 8:15 pace. This is a huge improvement over last weekend’s 18 miler, which was at 8:30 pace. I’m finally feeling like I can push myself and my training is really starting to come together. I also hit 60 miles last week, which was a big goal of mine for this month.

I decided (with some encouragement) to run the Virginia is For Lovers 14k this weekend. I was hesitant to commit to this race because, after a year of running races and not being capable of pushing myself at all, I wanted to make sure I was in shape enough to actually RACE. I haven’t done any speed work or tempos, so it might be ugly, but I’m ready to finally toe the line with some confidence.

Why the treadmill? Well, the roads are totally clear this week, but 20 miles takes so long to complete. If you add in travel time to the park, setting up the BOB, travel time back, etc. it all adds up to four hours. If I do my run at home, Pete is able to take care of Emmaline while I run, let her nap in her own room, feed her, and overall it’s a lot less stressful. Yes, I would love to hit the trails, but I’ll save that for warmer days and my relatively shorter long runs.

8 thoughts on “Sixty miles.

  1. Great job! Congrats on your first 20 miler and your 60 miles this week. I do not know how you guys and girls do those long weeks. I feel like I get so exhausted. I was told I needed to slow my pace down on those easy days and it would not be as bad. My first 20 miler is this weekend and I am hoping for some warm weather as I only run on the treadmill. As you can imagine, 42 miles this week on the treadmill was a real….well, it has been rough this past week. 🙂 Keep it up!

    • Thank you! The treadmill is definitely not the most exciting way to train but it gets the job done. Good luck with your 20 miler this weekend!

  2. I am excited you decided to take the plunge and can’t wait to see you.

    Nice job on the treadmill…for some reason, I have a huge mental block against runs over 90 minutes on the treadmill but that is just me. I get a crazy fear that I will spontaneously explode or something.

    • I only started being able to tolerate the treadmill last winter (when I was training for my last marathon). I’ve always hated the treadmill, and I don’t think I ever was able to run more than 45 minutes. Maybe I’m losing brain cells as I get older so I can just space out.

      Yes, can’t wait to see you at the 14k. It’s going to hurt.

  3. I totally get the travel time thing. I plan that out too which is why I almost always run the same loops in my neighborhood. I’m only 5 miles from the trails but with the traffic there and back I could have had 4-5 miles in that time! Its funny how our perspective on time/running changes when we enter mommyhood. So glad you are running the 14K, but bummed I may not be there. Very happy we were able to meet there two years ago 😉

    • I do that too, run loops in my neighborhood. It’s so much easier. I should change my blog name to Boring Runner. I’m glad we met too!

      Also, I blame you Kris… how you said you read a lot of blogs. I’ve been reading more of them lately for training motivation and now I fear that I’m hooked.

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