16.2 Miles

16 miles in one day.  I guess, if you want to be all technical, I did do the Walk for Hunger when I was in high school.  It was not a good day.  My dad dropped me off at a friend’s house and I was wearing jeans, crappy  sneakers, and a t-shirt.  I was not an active kid, but I didn’t really realize how much walking 20 miles would be.  Oh! I did bring an extra pair of socks because someone in our group recommended it.  He said at the half way point, we would all stop and change our socks.  (he wasn’t wrong)  So, 20 miles is a long way.  It’s even longer if you only walk from class to class and home from the bus stop and then one Sunday decide to join your friends for a 20 miles walk.  It was a long time ago, but I remember my hands swelled up to twice their size, changing socks halfway through was a wonderful idea, I got a ride home from a friend of a friend and could barely get out of their car, and then next day walking class to class was torture.  14 year old me would not believe that 32 year old me would run a marathon.

So, snow again last weekend.  I did end up running my long run on Thursday again.  I woke up with a bit of a stomach ache (totally not from ice cream the night before, why would you think that?) and slept in a little bit.  Plus, the dog seemed tired and I didn’t want him to sleep in alone.  (he is currently asleep under my feet near the space heater)

Something I really need to keep in mind is just how long long runs take.  Getting up late and then running for 3 hours or so is really going to put a dent in your day.  Just FYI to future me.
Because I felt better after some extra sleep and because I knew schedule and snow-wise that this was the only day I could really make this all work out, I packed up my GU, mixed up some Gatorade, and went for it.  I am always amazed by how quickly time can pass when a run is feeling really really great.  I really enjoy my running route and have come up with various modifications of it so that I can use the basic loop for almost any distance.  The sidewalks were still not amazing, so I stuck to the side of the road when I needed to.  The weather was beautiful and the wind wasn’t too bad.  I made it maybe 6.5 miles and decided I should probably eat some GU.  Now, I hadn’t really thought about the combination or flavors, but do yourself a favor and get peanut butter GU and grape Gatorade.  It works.  You’re welcome. One more suggestion- make sure you buy regular Gatorade and not G2.   It’s good, but I probably could have used the extra stuff in the regular kind.
Too low
Just don’t look at it while you eat it.
Something else I’ve noticed about running later in the day- all of the pizza places are open for business and smell amazing.  And they are everywhere.  Winchester and Woburn are full of pizza places, funeral homes, and cemeteries.  I’m not kidding, check it out.
I made it through about 11 miles with only breaks to walk on the snow and ice and then a couple of stops for traffic lights.  Nothing too crazy. I decided to mix a little walking in now because of the “walk before you think you need to” advice.  It’s a hard thing to gauge.
I really felt great during this run for about 14.2 miles.  Then (as I said on DailyMile) I wondered if I could call a cab.  Is that allowed?  My toes were sore, knees have seen better days, and I had stepped in a big puddle around mile 12.  I was out of Gatorade and water and the wind picked up just enough to make things a little annoying.  I made it. It wasn’t pretty, but I made it.  I got home and had to take the dog out.  If any neighbors were looking out the window at the idiot in running tights trying to clean up after her dog, they must have had quite a laugh.  It was an ordeal.  A long and painful ordeal.
I got home to stretch and “foam” roll.  Oh! So, the roller I bought wasn’t quite enough.  I got some advice from my boss at the YMCA and bought PVC pipe.  No kidding.
Seriously.

It works. It is 10x more effective (for me) than a foam roller.  I’m not a doctor or an expert, so please don’t do anything I say without checking in with one!  I will say, it’s a little weird to get used to because it’s more slippery AND it’s staticy, so there will a hair/fur situation.  Also, your dog will try to put all of his toys on your lap as you roll your hamstrings.

Thursday afternoon and night was little tough.  Not as bad as I thought, but not super comfortable.  Plus I had to face these at rehearsal:
COME on!
This week is a little step back week, so my long run is only 12 miles.  That sounds wonderful.  This week, the snow is supposed to come tomorrow and Thursday, so I may even get to run on the weekend.
Please don’t forget- you can donate here!   
And March 9th is the long awaited return of Close Enough!  All of the cover charge goes towards marathon fundraising.
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