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Chicago Marathon Training: Week 10 Complete

I completed my first 20 miler! And I feel pretty great considering! It was just one of those LRs where everything went perfect. The temps were super mild. We got up at 4am to check the weather and let the dog out. Since it wasn’t going to break 60 degrees until noon (is this seriously August?) we weren’t in any hurry.

We went back to sleep and got up at 6:30am to have breakfast. I went with two slices of low cal wheat toast with almond butter and coffee. I love my coffee. With the previous stomach issues and never really feeling quite right on Gu or Bloks I decided to whip up my own refueling snack. I took low cal whole wheat bread with a tablespoon of almond butter and a squirt of honey, folded in half and wrapped up three of them individually into sandwich baggies. I was able to tote them in the back of my Sugoi tank top. We set out from our house and ran two miles out then turned around to head back at the house where our water and G2 was sitting out for us. That made the run chunk up into 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and worked out great. I ate 2.5 of my new sandwich snacks, a whole one at 4 and then halves at 8, 12, 16. They were gooey from being warmed up from my body heat, but man they were delicious. And no stomach issues at ALL!

Also during the run I had no IT band issues flare up and no major pains while running. I had a slight dullness in my right hip at mile 16.5, but it went away or my elation caused me to ignore it. I couldn’t stop grinning cause I felt so good. I got welled up with emotion at mile 19.5 cause I was just so happy to be feeling so good. At 20 miles I threw up my hands and shouted ‘Yes! 20!’ and walked a bit while laughing with tears and smiling. I really didn’t feel beat up. I felt like I had ran 20 miles, but I didn’t feel worked over. I feel like the full is possible, especially with a nice taper. I kept pretty even pacing throughout and finished with a 9:12 pace. I only hope the next 20 miler feels as good. *fingers crossed*

I finally broke past my 31.x mile weeks this week by getting to 37.
Here is how the crazy week ended up:
M: Bike 8.7 miles (P4, L5, 17.4mph), Arms, Shoulders, Abs
T: Rest
W: Rest
R: 5 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:41 pace)
F: 8 Miles Speedwork (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:02 pace w/4x1600s @ 7:24 pace)
Sa: 4 Miles Easy (Treadmill, 1% incline, 8:50 pace)
Su: 20 Miles Long (‘Hood, ‘Wood ‘Hood, 9:12 pace)

Total: 37 Miles