Funny story: Saturday afternoon I went out for my first 20 mile run ever. I managed to leave the house with no less than a dozen items, but about 1/4 mile from my trail, I realized I forgot to change out of my Chucks! Despite my blog name, running in Chucks is not something I want to do…especially not for 20 miles.
Here’s what I managed to bring with me:
Driver’s license, insurance card, $3 (just in case)
Water bottle to refill Camelbak
Clif shot blocks (strawberry flavored, and I’m still not on board with their weird texture.)
Clif Builder Bar
iPod and headphones (which I was successful in not crushing in my car door this time.)
and my Garmin (which, of course, was dead.)
Yes, all that stuff and I didn’t remember the one thing you really truly must have to run! Leave it to me.
As for the run itself, it was definitely my hardest training run to date….like, ever I think. The plan was to run my usual trail taking the 9.4 mile loop twice along with an extra 2 mile stretch.
About mile 11, I was back at my car to refill the Camelbak and grab my builder bar. I was definitely already tired at this point, but I wasn’t in any sort of pain though so I knew I needed to keep going and work through it. After all, we have to be a little uncomfortable to get better right? (Just say yes, please.)
The second time around the loop was definitely a struggle. The hills (which probably don’t even really qualify as hills in most other parts of the country) were extremely brutal. Around mile 16 I was really, really struggling. It also started drizzling which did not help the situation. I was tired; I was sore; I was getting frustrated. Despite all the struggles, I stayed mentally strong through the whole thing. I never wanted to give up or cry or scream or quit. I did end up walking most of the last mile, but I made sure to keep my walking pace up. I finished the whole 20.25 miles in just over 4 hours.