How to recover from a 20 miler

First ice, ice your knee because you know those hills did some damage

Second steal a nice warm slice of pizza from your wonderful boyfriend’s plate

Go cool of and run 2 more miles on your ghetto old treadmill where the belt might snap at any moment

Forth beg your boyfriend to leave you another slice of his steak pizza(he cut up his leftover steak and onions and added it to some frozen tomato pizza we got)

ImageShower – eat that slice — drink drink drink (water of course) — get dressed and snack some more.B Eat lots of chocolate covered acai berries.

Stare at your fridge and look at the three tins of leftovers you got and decide you want none of that.B Munch on some more pretzels (all the cool kids eat a pound a week) and decide you really just want salsa and cheese…. Find an excuse to eat that by making a salad (plus you’re out of Tostitos, and actual cheese) .

ImageI know, I should be a chef.B Half a cucumber, remaining portion of spring mix that may or may not be going bad, one celery stalk, half a yellow pepper, half a jar of hot salsa, 1/4 of of a plastic bottle ofB parmesan cheese with an older shelf life than your grams.

As for the actually run,… wait this took some serious MSPaint skills to put together from run keeper.B Outside world doesn’t offer a convinent summary like the treadmill does.B here are the results!

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First, I am very proud of my cut and paste skills.B As for the run recap, the first 13 miles although at a slow pace, flew by because I had my wonderful Tony with me.B This crazy boy messages me at work on Friday saying “I want to do your 20 miler with you.”B I drop my jaw in happyness and shock.B Then I realize maybe I should prevent my boyfriend from breaking his legs.B I tell him how about 13? B He’s not a regular runner, but he’s a natural runner. This crazy! boy completes 1 hour and 50 minute half marathon with only a handful of once a week runs and eating pizza. Crazy!!!!

So the first 13 miles or so were relatively slower than what I go at when I run alone, and we got lost a bit in a town over as we lost the path with a sidewalk and almost ran onto some busy roads and a highway, some that had too many traffic lights and some that had too steep of hills.B However, this allowed me to sustain my strength instead of burning out like I usually do. I finished my last 7 miles outside with some repetitive mile loops around the house.B A bit boring, but I don’t know why that seemed easier then going further out and back in.B I think I’m getting sick of my regular running path and being near home just seemed safer in case my knee started to bother me as it started acting up on mile 17.B After I came home, I stretched and decided to jog of 2 more miles to try to increase my endurance for the 26.2 and just in case run keeper GPS was off.

Lessons and Realizations

I learned a few things this run.B When you’re out running for 3 plus hours, you have some time to think.

  • Pacing yourself really works.B I kept an average of 9:12 minute miles by going slow in the first half and finishing slow.B In my past training runs I would run 8 minute miles at the start, burn out and finish my last 10 miles in 12 minute miles while being in pain.
  • I actually enjoy running without my headphones.B I love the sound of outdoors, my gasping breath and not having to hold my annoying phone.B I felt more aware than ever before of my form, my energy levels and abilities.B (Tony lost his headphones so we both ran headphones free, I ended up grabbing mine at mile 17 since I was alone and was getting bored of myself)
  • I might need to change my DC marathon goal.B My initial goal was the infamous sub – 4.B This was before I was given the amazing opportunity to run the Boston Marathon.B I’m learning from my training runs that running a full is very different than running a half and my base is just not that strong.B While I think maybe I can manage a sub-4, I’m not sure I can do it without injuring myself and needing more than a week of recovery based on my training runs.B On a normal race that would have been fine, but Boston is less an month away after that and I can’t afford more than a week of recovery.
  • New goal sub 4:30 Marathon for DC and save the sub 4 goal for a month later in Boston

That’s all, next post will be more food photos that are more exciting than my lazy bums saladsB Being valentine’s week and a three day weekend, we’ve been eating out a lot by ourselves and with friends.B I’ll have some restaurant reviews and some deets on my Valentine’s day meal as prepared by Tony.B Lots of steak and seafood be warned.

I also introduced the cat today to our ghetto treadmill that’s been gathering dust.B I stopped running on it when I started marathon training since if you run more than 2 miles on it, you severely risk loosing your life or breaking your face.B The cat understood all this and while fearful for his life, he kept sniffing and jumping back.B That was some hard work for him.B Now the boys are taking a nap.B Cat from treadmill approaching, Tony from his half marathon.B B Image

2 thoughts on “How to recover from a 20 miler”

  1. If you are running Boston a month later, I definitely would go slower at DC and then run hard at Boston. Congrats on getting a # to Boston! Amazing run!

    1. thanks! Definitely trying to make sure I stick with my game plan of using it as a training run for DC. It’ll be harder to not race during the run, but hopefully I’ll stay focused for my ultimate goal. I doubt I’ll get another chance!

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