Sunday, September 20, 2009

Last 20

Saturday morning was my last 20 miles before marathon day! I was nervous fitting this run in to my week. My family thinks I'm a bit crazy for my running even though my dad ran a couple marathons back in the day :) I woke early for me (6 am!) and headed out to the Towpath in Peninsula, Ohio about 25 minutes away. It's the only path I know of that I can do an out and back for such high mileage. No pictures because my camera phone sucks (1.1 megapixels what?!?) Despite some bathroom issues due to my nerves of running in a slightly unfamiliar area, running my last 20, and a questionable dinner, the run was excellent. Does anyone else get nervous running in a new area even though it's not a race? I always do - it's so weird! I went slow thanks to a slight tweak in my left quad and enjoyed the time alone. The Akron Marathon is next weekend so I think the path was a little less crowded than normal so not as many waves/saying hi as the last time I was home.

The morning started off COLD! An awesome change though definitely regretting the tank and shorts I had packed. I just wished I had some gloves to start the run. Yeah, not the best planning. Overall it felt fantastic to be running. I was a little tired right before the 10 mile turnaround. I think it was due to just expecting the turnaround and not knowing exactly where it was on this path. I almost broke my ankle around mile 13 thanks to all the buckeyes and uneven path but caught myself (yeah for good reaction time!). Then some more tiredness around 15 and 17 when I wanted to be done. I hit some highs, some lows, but overall I was HAPPY! Yes, I looked forward to my mini breaks of fueling every 4 miles but once I hit 20 I really could have kept going, I didn't want to collapse, it was that good of a run. I know it wasn't race day pace but it's not supposed to be. I really hope the good tides from this carry me into race day 3 weeks from now! I guess the change in running scenery really helped!

After the 20 I returned home and attempted to track down my dad even though I told him what time to be home to go to lunch. Ugh such a guy never listening! Anyways, after showering and finding him we headed out for some much needed lunch. I was STARVING! After lunch my dad, sister, and I headed out to look at some open houses. I have an urge to move back to Ohio, raise a family, and wanted to see what was available in my price range. After all that dad needed to take a nap since the chemo wears him down especially mid afternoon. Then loo and I took the big dog Jake (yes the my dad's dog is named after my husband) on a walk to calm him down then ran errands (Target, pedicures). After all that I'm one tired girl and not looking forward to the drive back to Chicago Sunday. Maybe I'll stay another night to to put the drive off :)

16 comments:

kristen said...

Sounds like a good day! Great job on the 20 miler. That's a perfect end to the traing cycle.

Good luck on the house hunting. I think we're on the same track :)

Jeri said...

Great job on the 20! I also get nervous running somewhere new. It's weird, isn't it? You don't get to have that same zoning out that you have on familiar paths. Sometimes it's just nice to zone for a chunk of the loooong runs. Good job again.

Mark said...

Glad the 20 miler went well. Sounds like a nice place to run.

kilax said...

You are SO READY for Chicago! This awesome 20-miler is a sign.

How did the open house visits go? I would love to live closer to my sis!

Marlene said...

Congrats on your last 20! Sounds like it was a good one.

Hope you had/have a safe drive home.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Your last 20 is done, and you're ready!! I also get nervous in a new areas... but enjoy it all the same.

RunToFinish said...

Hmm I don't know that I get nervous, other than thinking I hope to hell I remember how to get home.

So glad the run felt great! Definitely keep that attitude for the next few weeks and remember it on race day!

Tara said...

Yes, I get extremely nervous running in a new place for the first time. So weird!
Good job on that run. Did everyone have stomach problems this weekend??? I know I did and so did a few bloggers that I stumbled across. Must be the swine flu....kidding!

MCM Mama said...

Glad your last 20 was a good one!

Marci said...

Great job on your 20, I'm adding you to my read list!

The Laminator said...

Nice job in finishing your last 20! You're all set now for a great marathon. Wahoo! Can't wait!

bill carter said...

Great confidence builder Jamie! Now it is time to get ready for the real thing and with all the preperation, I am sure you will have a great race.

BTW, I almost always wear gloves even if I am just in a singlet and shorts.

Take care!

J said...

Wow sounds like a busy day! great job on the 20 miler! You are totally ready for this marathon!

X-Country2 said...

Great job on that 20 miler! Especially in a new place.

aron said...

awesome job on the last 20 girl!!! TAPER time, get excited, rest those legs and get ready to race! you training has gone so great, you are going to kill it at chicago :)

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