I ran 20 miles this morning. (INSERT GIANT SMILEY FACE HERE)
I was supposed to run 20 miles last Sunday, but half a mile into the run I went home and called it a day because my Achilles was hurting and I knew 20 miles wasn't happening and it would be stupid to try.
After four full days off followed by three days of short and slow (for me) mileage and TONS of icing, stretching, and praying, the Achilles was MUCH improved. I wasn't sure if it was up for 20 miles though, and I am so determined not to be the stupid girl who ran a minor injury into a major one.
I have only 27 days until the Pocatello Marathon though, and I really wanted to get in two more 20 milers. I was feeling so good after yesterday's run that I decided to go for it cautiously this morning. I prepped myself like I was going 20 miles (had three gels, a full bottle of Accelerade and an IPOD since Jenny had other plans) and then I planned a route that had me running two out and backs of 10 miles each from my house, so I was never more than five miles from home and I would have to go past the house at mile 10. Mentally that is no fun, but I figured it was smart because if I was hurting after 10 miles I could call it good, and if I was hurting anywhere in between, I was never too far from the house. (And I was 100% committed to stopping if it felt any worse at all during the run).
I was really nervous for most of the run! I so wanted to be able to run the full 20 miles and I was worried I wouldn't be able to, and I was worried that I was going to make my Achilles mad... I am not usually a worrier but I was worried!
That said, it was a really great run! I was aware of the Achilles (probably extra so since I was so focused on it) but it was not painful and it did not get any worse as the run went on. My form and stride aren't altered at all and everything else felt awesome. The pace actually came really easily, which surprised me since half of the run was uphill. I average an 8:40 pace for the run (my long run pace is 8:19-9:19).
I finished feeling tired of course, but strong and REALLY REALLY happy. Yesterday's run did a lot for my confidence and today's run did even more. I am going to be SO ready for Pocatello and am so excited to see what I can do.
I said it before and I will say it again... running makes me really happy. :)
Now back to icing and watching triathlon on TV.
Happy Sunday and good luck/congrats to everyone racing today!!!