Monday, November 29, 2010

Twenty miles and giving thanks

I did it. I ran 20 miles. 

And I pretty much feel like a major rock star because of it. Even though tons of people have done it, tons of whom I know, it still feels amazing!

First things first: Thanksgiving was a great time! It was a total 4-5 days of decompressing which I needed badly!  I went to my Mom's house and we enjoyed the day with my Sister and her family! 

Dinner was the absolute basics of Turkey day and it was GREAT!! 


My Sister


My Twenty! 
I fueled up BLACK Friday morning and headed out on the Douglas State Trail in PineIsland, Minnesota. Breakfast was a BIG one for my run: Oatmeal, toast with Almond Butter, Honey and banana. 

I was in my new Smart Wool socks--a much needed item for Minnesota Running. 

I had my fuel belt, but I FORGOT the bottles!! Packing in a hurry for a long run is never a good idea! 

Luckily Mom had these little 10 ounce glass bottles she had saved and I took two out with me filled with Nuun Active Hydration! I dropped one where I started and ran one out to my 5 mile Mark.

I have my Nike Free's in 7.5--a little bigger than I am used to, but needed to bump up a half size even in these last 2 weeks before the race. I discovered after my 19 mile run that my feet swell enough to cause my toes to pinch in my Nike Free 7's, so I upgraded a half size. They are totally rad in all black. 

GRIP! The trail was icy and I never would have made it even the first 5 miles with out these great grips with screws. 

Heading out into the sun and the cold! 

A long run alone: it was a good one, a lot of thinking, planning, trying to work out some projects in my head and a lot of just being with God too. I love the long runs because I either talk to him or just think about him and spend time listening. 

Went out to County road 3 and back twice--5 miles out x 4= 20 miles. Not the most exciting route but it was fine for me, easy to calculate! 

The pretty prairie!

All done--a snow angel with RED cheeks! When I went out it was 18 degrees and when I came in 3 hours and 30 min later it was dusk and COLD. BUT I still laid down and made a shallow little angel on the trail to remind myself what I just DID! 

My 20 mile marker!! 
& my time: not too shabby!

I was SO thankful for Mom, having a HUGE spaghetti dinner ready for me!! I Ate SO fast, but it was SO good! 

Deep thoughts on the 20 miler: 
Since I went out and back on the same 5/10 mile route it was mundane, but allowed me time to practice my form. It allowed me to think about my legs, how they felt at my pace, feel my strength and gauge: could I go faster? Yes, I could have. 

Mental running: So much of what we go through in life is mental. Past pains, current challenges at work, with family and when you add running out. I know for me that half the battle of even getting out the door is mental.  On my dig deep post earlier this month, I talked about not going as hard as I could, but most of what stops me is my brain. Once I decide that my legs (lungs, arms, feet etc) do what my mind wants them to, then we are in business. My MIND tells my body what to do. 

Race Day: My initial plan last weekend was to have my 20 miler morning be as much a race day run down as possible. This didn't happen when I actually did the run this weekend, but that is ok. I spent a lot of time visualizing my race day and It is very effective and important to  envision yourself succeeding at what you are doing and SEE yourself achieving your goal. 

How are all the "Don't Gain, Maintain!" challengers doing so far now that holiday #1 is under our belts? Any tips for moderation? Thanks for reading and have a great week! 


Katie said...

So awesome!! Congrats on the run and good luck in Honolulu :D

Jane E. Smith said...

Hi, Mary!

First of all, congratulations on your 20-miler! I'm so impressed! The longest run I've ever taken is 10 miles but I'm working up to a half marathon this spring.

My name is Jane Smith and I'm a college student in NC but my home is Omaha, NE (yay, Midwest!) and I just started writing a blog for Shape Magazine about staying fit in college. The link is I just wanted to know if you had any fitness or healthy eating tips for people in college on a tight budget (like cheap and easy recipes, motivational tips, etc)? If you'd be willing to share them with me I'll include them in a blog post and cite and link to you, of course! One of my favorite fitness tips is reading blogs so I'd like to pass along the titles to my readers.

Thanks so much and good luck on your marathon,

MizFit said...

good LORD you are inspiring.


Megan said...

Great job on the 20. You are awesome!!!

I went up 1.5 pounds right after eating on Thanksgiving, but by Monday, was back down to my starting weight. Still maintaining! My only thing I reminded myself all weekend was, "Don't stuff your face. Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean you need to eat more than you normally would." That seems to have worked... for now. Still have all the Christmas parties at work to get through, though!

Shan said...

Great job, Mary! Super impressive!

I am not doing well with the challenge!!! I was OK for a few days but the last couple of days the stress of being super busy + yummy leftover and cookies have gotten the better of me. I'd better get back down to my starting weight ASAP!

Catey said...

Congrats on 20!! That is awesome! I am excited for you to be approaching your race, you will do so great! :)

I have to say that the challenge is super helpful for me! I knew I would eat a ton over the weekend, and I am totally ok with that. I am also happy to up my workouts in order to balance all the extra holiday eating, so it all works out. Knowing that my start weight is out there helps motivate me to do just a little more on the days when it would be easy to slack. Grateful to be maintaining, and grateful for the motivation to do so!

That Pink Girl said...

You are so right, there is something special about TWENTY MILES. It's that 2 in the front! That is serious mileage! Congratulations Mary!!! Enjoy your taper as you rest up for your first marathon!!!

Shellyrm said...

What a great 20 miler! I am jealous of your beautiful snow. We got our first snow-ish recently. I love it! I wish I could get out in it more often.
Yeah for great moms and yummy recovery meals.

Meghan said...

awesome job mary!!
you are going to rock the marathon!

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