Short story: 17.5 miles in 3:00:40 which is a 10:19 pace and only a few seconds per mile off of my marathon goal.
Long story: I had to change my normal long run day to today for a variety of reasons. Shoo has a shorter day then normal tomorrow and the weather is supposed to be icky. I ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast and then took the boys to school. After I returned home, I ate another half sandwich and got my fuel belt ready to go with 4 bottles of nuun.
I chose a super hilly route and set out at a nice slow pace. I finished 5.85 miles in the first hour, another 5.85 in the second hour and 5.74 in the final hour, so I was remarkably consistent. My fastest mile was mile 10 at 9:36 (thank you Chumbawamba) and my slowest was mile 7 at 10:57 where I walked up a hill while eating my gu. I actually ran with the ipod and it worked out well. Now I need to make my running playlist longer as I got to hear each song at least twice.
After running, I managed about 5 minutes in the cold cold bath. It really helped my feet, which were pretty swollen, but I couldn’t tolerate it for very long. Now I’m just really tired and cranky and have a PTA meeting to go to tonight (and I’m the Secretary, so staying home is not an option).
Amusing things on the run:
- I always worry about running too far from my house when the kids are in school. Today I ran 4 miles away, which is the farthest I’ve ever run. Of course my cell phone rang at the absolute farthest point away. Luckily, it was just another mom calling about a kid play date.
- There was a lone shoe sitting on the sidewalk. I’m sure the owner just dropped it out of her briefcase, but it amused me to see a four inch high spike heeled pump sitting on a sidewalk in a residential neighborhood.
I’ve got to figure out a better way to do long runs. I’m so tired and crabby afterwards and I have to pick up Shoo pretty much immediately. And I’m not doing such a hot job of dealing with Jones and the homework battles today. Beer Geek is getting home late all week this week, so that adds an additional layer of fun. Is it bedtime (or at least beer time) yet?
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19 thoughts on “17 miles and I’m a music convert”
Did you just say "Thank you Chumbawumba?" That's probably the first time they've ever heard that ;)Oh, and I saw you at the water stop, but you were busy handing out water. I did yell "Hey, Marine Corps Mama," but I felt too silly to yell it again. I was running rogue on the sidewalk, so you weren't even looking my way. Next race!
I do my long runs on Saturday… but I guess I will have to get more in during the week. UGH.I emailed you about Zooma Annapolis
great job on your long run! Nice time 🙂 I don't like going very far from home either.
Great long run! SOunds like your gearing up nicely for race season.
Maybe it is just one of those weeks? After my long run I got totally smacked-down mentally. Blah! Here's to feeling great after your next long run. 🙂
Sounds like you had a good pace. And then the ice cold bath. You are a brave brave woman!
awesome. I have a song by them too 🙂
Chumbawumba would be great to run to, and it shows! Your pace for quite a long run is fantastic! Hope you get the scheduling things worked out, but if anyone snaps at you for being cranky, just imagine how cranky you'd be had you missed the run.
You should check out this blog.http://www.oneshoediaries.com/blog/?page_id=137since you found a single shoe.
What a great run! Hopefully, the long run scheduling will improve.
Nice job on the run! Super consistent. And Chumbawumba…I think I have their CD buried in a pile somewhere. It makes me think I should add that one to my playlist.
Nice job on the long run! Sounds like you are doing a good job in prepping for your 26.2… better then me anyways!
Chumbawumba – that word is so funny! I'm with you on running too far from school/home – I'm always afraid I'm going to get "the call." Great job on those miles!BTW- I e-mailed you on Sat. Let me know if you didn't get it.
I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down…
I'll send you some music suggestions, if you don't have some good motivational music already. I like Will Smith b/c it's not full of cuss words (that is NOT to say I don't have em&em too). I never have done a long run mid week. I've done one at 7pm on a Sunday night in the dark doing laps around a neighborhood, but never during preschool. Can I offer a simple, yet over looked suggestion? Plan your long run for a preschool day when you plan for an immediate after school playdate? So Shoo goes straight from school to the friends house w/ the friends' mom? Most of my friends would have done that for me when I said to them, I need to run 16 miles today. That may give some down time? It's not a ton to ask. AND find a runner who can run part of your run with you, even if it's only a 3 mile loop. Having company for the middle 3 miles might make you less cranky.
Great run! I have not listened to Chumbawumba in years, I'll have to add them to my playlist.Good luck with your scheduling issues. I don't know if you eat right after your long run but I have found that it helps my mood.
Way to go on the 17 miler! Nice consistent pacing. Staying so close to home must limit your route options – I'd get so bored!Do you have the option of a Saturday or Sunday morning long run when hubs is home? You could set out early so you don't miss too much family time, and hopefully your day would be a little calmer after the run. Then again, your weekends seem to be jam packed so this may not be feasible.
Nice job on the 17.5 – that's a great long run!
KUDOS on the run!!! It would be nice to have some down time after a long run, but being a mama, I just don't see it happening, that's why there's beer – especially a nice german wheat, my fave!